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Carnival of Project Management #50

50 carnivals

Woo hoo! This is our 50th Blog Carnival. It’s the round up of recent, interesting articles from the project management web.

Margaret Meloni presents Who ARE these people? posted at A Path to Peace, saying, “A stakeholder is a person or organization who may be positively or negatively impacted by your project. That can be a large group of people. Think about it – when you are working on a large project or program just about everyone you pass in the hallway is a stakeholder. How are you supposed to manage all of these groups and interests?”

Richard Svahn presents PM job candidate trends posted on his blog, saying, “An analysis of 300 job listings reveals what employers are looking for in project managers. A recent PMI report estimated that 6.2 million new project management jobs will be created in the US from 2010 to 2020.” Plus it’s got Dilbert. Got to love articles with Dilbert.

Kirstin Miller presents What is project portfolio management (PPM)? posted at Work Zone, saying, “For CMOs, CIOs and other management personnel Project Portfolio Management (PPM) ceases to be a simple administrative term and becomes the task they grapple with across the expanse of their career. And why not!”

Rex has an article on information security breaches at the Focus on Training blog. He reports that the 2014 Information Security Breaches Survey indicates a small reduction in the total number of incidents – but a significant increase in their scale and impact. What risk does your project face?

George Ellis offers an article called Solve, don’t Blame on The PM Hut. “Blaming tries to solve a symptom and ignores root cause. We all know this thinking doesn’t work with technical issues— you can’t blame a snippet of software or piece of steel. But how do you apply the same thinking for issues related to people? Of course, you search for root cause,” he says.

Pawel Brodzinski, on his blog, which is one of the longest running project blogs (I think). His article is called Scaling Up Is Not the Only Option and he writes, “There is one thing that seems to be present in pretty much every company strategy these days. Given the opportunity, they want to grow.” But do you have to? Pawel presents some choices.

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Carnival of Project Management #49

Carnival wheelThere wasn’t a Carnival in February – things got slightly overtaken with the arrival of Oliver, so here’s the first Carnival of Project Management for 2014. It’s my round up of interesting articles from across the web.

Bruce McGraw presents How do you celebrate birthdays? (celebrating team milestones) posted at the Fear No Project Blog, asking how we celebrate significant personal milestones for project team members as well as project milestones.

Pawel Brodzinski presents A Fool With a Tool Is Still a Fool posted at Pawel Brodzin on Software Project Management. He says, “Kanban, which at the beginning seemed like a neat and light-weight process management tool, proved to be far more than that. Not only was it helping to clean up the mess short term but also steered sustainable changes in the long run.” He always has something insightful to say.

Bart Perkins presents A project staffing worst practice posted at Computerworld , saying, “Gathering best practices? Here’s a worst practice: using the Defense Department’s Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) procurement approach to evaluate RFPs for systems integration, IT strategy, ERP installation other high-skill efforts.”

James L. Haner presents Are You Ready to Stop Telling and Start Asking? posted on the LearningTree blog, offering two forms for evaluating both management and workers.

Heather Hurst presents How to Get Strict About Approval Processes and Document Version Control posted on Attask’s Work Management Blog. It sounds a boring topic but this is actually a really good article.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of project management using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Carnival of Project Management #48

Carnival wheelWelcome to the November/December 2013 edition of the Carnival of Project Management. Here are the top posts from this month, in a handy round up for you.

Jonathan Feist presents Project Lists: Seeing the Big Picture posted at Actionmint, saying, “A useful tip for dealing with overwhelm from the complexity of your work is to create a form called a “project list”.”

Brad Egeland presents 3 Things Your Project Customer Wishes You Realised posted at Projectsmart saying, “In general, there are three things that most – maybe not all but most – project customers wish their project manager and his team realised from the outset.”

Paul Glen presents When you’ve had it with a stakeholder posted at Computerworld, saying, “While you oftentimes just have to live with whatever it is you don’t like, some situations call for a more forceful reaction.”

Paul Glen presents Four Key Elements of the Agile Model posted at MPMM, saying, “All projects are not candidates for Agile, but many are and every organization should probably be doing some Agile work or at least experimenting so that you see how it works.”

The ProjectManager.com blog has an article called Titantic Type Project Problems. The author says, “The following are some clues as to where these dangers often hide out and what you can do to shine a spotlight on them.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of project management using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Carnival of Project Management #46

Carnival wheelWelcome to the May/June/July 2013 edition of the Carnival of Project Management.

Cathlynn Carman presents How to Protect Yourself Against Problem Projects posted at Dice, saying, “Even projects that start strong can begin to unravel as time goes on. Each project team has to figure out how to get along, how to work together and — if it’s an Agile team — what each individual’s role is to be.”

Ron Rosenhead presents The project manager is leaving. What will we do? posted on his website. He asks, “What processes have you got in place for when one of your project managers leave? How long will it take to get someone suitably qualified in place? Will this person also have the right attitude to take on the new role?”

Fahad Usmani presents What is Risk Management? posted at PM Study Circle. It’s a primer on risk for newbies.

Derek Huether presents Getting Teams to Deliver Predictably posted at The Critical Path. He says, “Stop trying to maximize the utilization of your people.” Interesting.

Pawel Brodzinski presents What Makes Teams Better posted on his software project management site. He writes, “It’s not about having a woman in a team. It’s about having as many of them as possible.” He also talks about his experiences of how mixed gender teams perform better, although as many teams don’t have performance measures in place it is more of a feeling than a science. Still, interesting, and it backs up the research by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox and Alison Maitland.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of project management using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Carnival of Project Management #45

Carnival wheelWelcome to the March/April 2013 edition of the Carnival of Project Management. It’s our 45th edition!

Ben Aston presents How to run a great project kick-off meeting posted at The Digital Project Manager, saying, “All projects start somewhere. But how you start them can often dictate how the rest of the project or client relationship will run. Run a kick-off meeting well and the rest is much more likely to succeed; run it badly, and you can find a project or relationship going backwards before you’ve even started. So here are a few pointers to remember along the way.”

Pmpad presents Project Manager: leader or manager? posted at The Project Manager Pad, saying, “While the manager’s vocabulary usually includes words such as administering, authority, duties or objectives, the leader talks to people’s minds and leverage on their aspirations, needs and abilities more than on company’s procedures. The leader acts as an authoritative person, combining conceptual skills like vision and innovation with human skills like influencing and trust.” You can read my take on project leadership here.

Smartsheet presents an article by Lindsay Scott called Project Manage Your Job Search. She writes: “Planning and scheduling, leading teams, pre-empting risks, managing stakeholders, controlling resources, monitoring progress – these are some of the skills project management professionals must possess. The ability to blend techniques, processes, tools and managerial skills lead some to stand out among their peers. So, when you find yourself seeking a new job, it makes perfect sense to approach it like a project.”

The Project Management Hut presents WBS: What Are the Project Management Benefits? which focuses on the benefits of preparing a solid work breakdown structure.

Finally, Rich Maltzman, PMP has an article called Your PM Career – Inside Out available at Earth PM. It’s about how sustainability can strengthen your PM career from the inside-out and from the outside-in.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of project management using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Carnival of Project Management #44

Carnival wheelWelcome to the January/February 2013 edition of the Carnival of Project Management. Here’s the round up of the best articles submitted this time.

Pmpad presents Project Manager: leader or manager? posted at The Project Manager Pad, saying, “While the manager’s vocabulary usually includes words such as administering, authority, duties or objectives, the leader talks to people’s minds and leverage on their aspirations, needs and abilities more than on company’s procedures. The leader acts as an authoritative person, combining conceptual skills like vision and innovation with human skills like influencing and trust.”

Astrid van Dorst presents Further your Social Media Plan posted at Cloud Analysts.com, saying, “Your social media plan should take advantage of the slightly different benefits of the range of social media out there and pick those social media channels that best suits your type of business.” Some ideas to consider for your project communications?

Anita Valentinova presents Learning about Teams from the Marshmallow Challenge posted at telerik.com, saying, “So, what is the recipe of a great team?” You could use this marshmallow challenge idea as an ice breaker for a new team coming together.

Best Management Practice presents Best Management Practice new Common Glossary available now! (pdf) posted at best-management-practice.com, saying, “Common Glossary aligns ITIL and PPM Terms and Definitions – Single Reference for Best Management Practice Portfolio”. You can download the Common Glossary for free.

Steve Ressler has an article of particular interest to me at the moment: 4 Things Project Managers Can Learn From Having a Baby posted at govtech.com. He writes about how you can use your project management skills to prepare for a baby. As if you could really prepare!

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of project management using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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