Project Management News Digest

Again we offer another popular roundup of the latest news and interesting articles from the world of project management.

News Digest

4 Key Skills of a Project Manager

ProjectManager
Rajiv Mathur has an interesting view on the 4 key skills of a PM:

  1. Discipline
  2. Planning
  3. Risk Analysis
  4. Control – quality, risk, schedule

We see a few core competences missing, but were particularly surprised to see communication missing.

Stepsie: Project Management in Digestible Chunks

TheNextWeb

Stepsie

Stepsie wants to help you manage projects by breaking them down into digestible chunks, writes Paul Sawers.

Stepsie is a new basic collaboration tool which breaks a project down into steps, each of which then have their own discussions, files and tasks. A big bonus for many businesses is the ability to add appropriate privacy to certain steps.

A Time of Change for Project Management

ESI

Peter Taylor interviews J. LeRoy Ward, and discussed the pressures to do project management better, including:

  • Progression,
  • Drive to adopt lean/agile methods,
  • Value of self-organising teams,
  • Pervasion of collaboration tools, and
  • Rising importance of project management.

He concludes that “times are changing, and will bring about a new generation of project capability and competence”.

Project Management Benchmark Report 2014

Arras People have launched their ninth Project Management Benchmark Report, with the usual valuable insight. At a high level it reminds us that as a profession we have more to do to provide project managers of the future a career path, that project professionals are getting older and see increases in remuneration in the coming year. Download the report for more information.

The Matrix, Project Management Edition

Young Upstarts

Russell Harley provides a useful insight into some of the pitfalls of using matrix managed resources in projects.

10 Best Free Project Management Tools

SaveDelete

On a tight budget, but need a PM Tool – take a look through this post with some suggestions:

  1. OpenProj
  2. GanttProject
  3. DotProject
  4. TaskJuggler
  5. PHProjekt
  6. ConsultComm
  7. ProjectPier
  8. OpenGoo
  9. Collabtive
  10. Redmine

Why Project Management Software Is A Lot Like Joining A Health Club

WorkZone

Rick Mosenkis provides a thought provoking insight in choosing and using PM Software.

How To Tackle The Project Management Assault Course

BusinessBecause
Jenny Beswick provides an interesting view that project management is like an assault course. She suggests that to reach the finish line in record time you will need to

  • Know the route,
  • Surmount the communication hurdle,
  • Beat the clock, and
  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Overall quite sound advice – can you stay the course?

Frame Your Next Project for Success

Medium

Gary Coover posted a very interesting article, with a 6 question cheat sheet based on “ODARPT”:

  • Objectives
  • Deliverables
  • Audience/Stakeholders
  • Resources
  • Prior Work
  • Timeline

If you have any project management news you’d like us to share with the growing PM Advisor Community, drop a line to us so that we can consider it for the next update.

Project Management News Digest

As always we offer our popular roundup of the latest news and interesting articles from the world of project management.

NewsDigest

PMI Publishes Definitive Guide to Navigating Complexity

Fort Mill Times

“Navigating Complexity: A Practice Guide” helps practitioners and organizations understand and address complexity in projects. The guide, which is aimed at program and project managers of all levels is split into six sections:

  • Organisational considerations,
  • Encountering complexity,
  • PMI foundational standards and useful practices,
  • Navigating complexity: the assessment questionnaire,
  • Complexity scenarios & possible actions, and
  • Developing the action plan.

Top10 Countries for PM Remuneration

B2C

In this article called ‘The Key Project Management Jobs That Remain Hard to Fill’ the author reflects on ESI’s identification that recruiting competent project managers is a key challenge for 2014, and sees big opportunities for those willing to travel. There is also and interesting link to the PMI Project Management Salary Survey with the Top10 countries for remuneration being:

  1. AustraliaMoney
  2. Switzerland
  3. USA
  4. Netherlands
  5. Germany
  6. Canada
  7. New Zealand
  8. Belgium
  9. Sweden and
  10. UK

10 Signs You Have a Great PM

Huffington Post

Benjie Nycum shares his thoughts on how you know if you have a great PM:

  1. A strong PM has an intimate understanding of the tasks,
  2. Effective PM’s know what drives the people working on the project,
  3. Greatly PMs respect standard industry contracts,
  4. Truly talented PMs represent the success of the project – not just the client,
  5. A PM confronts problems openly,
  6. A PM never undertakes or changes the task work themselves,
  7. A strong PM embraces existing work processes and nurtures innovation,
  8. A worthy PM avoids promising the impossible,
  9. A strong PM takes responsibility, and
  10. A PM should make outward demonstrations of respect and desire for everyone’s success.

7 Simple and Elegant Project Management Tools You Must Try

Business Computing World

ToolboxIn this simple tool round-up, digital marketer, Dipti Parmar, selects:

  • BinFire,
  • Clarizen,
  • Daptive,
  • Flow,
  • LiquidPlanner,
  • Wrike, and
  • WorkZone.

6 Time Management Tips for Project Managers

Process Excellence Network

Duncan Haughey offers 6 common sense tips to help project managers be more productive:

  1. Create the plan,
  2. Remember the 80/20 rule,
  3. Meetings should not just be status updates,
  4. Stop micro managing,
  5. Don’t do the work, and
  6. Create a to-do list.

11 PM Tips for Setting and Managing Expectations

CIO

Jennifer Lonoff Schiff offers this interesting insight. The 11 tips are:

  1. Get involved early (during the planning process),
  2. Involve all stakeholders,
  3. Have a clear scope with sign-off and set priorities,
  4. Be realistic,
  5. Make sure everyone understands their role and responsibilities,
  6. Make sure team members communicate with each other,
  7. Try to identify potential pain points,
  8. Set up calendar reminders for milestones,
  9. Have an escalation strategy,
  10. Hold regular status meetings (& ensure everyone attends),
  11. Don’t be afraid to communicate bad news and adjust expectations.

IMOGO announces iPad Mobile Office

iPad Mobile Office

According to their press release “iPad Mobile Office is a cost-effective, powerful mobile office platform designed for project management and team-based collaboration” and it “will help improve productivity and be the most comprehensive and secure mobile workspace on the market.” The development transforms iPads into dynamic, secure mobile collaboration tool with the regular components. iPad Mobile Office uses a SaaS platform; a simple user-friendly interface, and includes useful features such as Apps for “To-Do” lists, Milestones and Discussions; a threaded Discussion view; automated email notifications for major project dates and deliverables; Task Calendar; and, Task and Project Management panels. This is an interesting departure given the number of competitive tools already operating via web tools available to iPads and mac/PC via browsers.

Agile is Not the End-Game of Project Management Methodologies

quantmleap.com

This interesting Thesis Review of the paper by Dr Jon Whitty deals with the application of evolutionary principles to the domain of project management. The following caught our eye:
” ‘agile’ approaches are by no means ‘new’, but rather are result of a selection process
[…]
the current state is an accumulation of memes and memeplexes, chosen to suit environmental circumstances.”

So what’s next for PM Methodologies in a Post Agile era?

If you have any project management news you’d like us to share with the growing PM Advisor Community, drop a line to us so that we can consider it for the next update.