I was floored this morning when I came across this post about project sponsors. Some choice excerpts:
The problem with project sponsors is that they have got to where they are by climbing a very dirty greasy pole. They now have a privileged aerial view of the executive landscape…. The slightest hint or whiff [...]
I found the following subject line on a mail in my inbox yesterday:
PMBOK Breaks Project Management
The PMBOK is the grandiosely titled Project Management Book of Knowledge from the Project Management Institute (of which I’m a member).
Wow, I thought, someone else thinks formulaic, by-the-book-only project management can be as much a problem as a [...]
Over on the Lexblog, I’ve posted four brief fireside-chat videos (with a fifth coming tomorrow) describing briefly some key topics in Legal Project Management.
Almost all of it applies equally well to non-Legal project management (which isn’t the same thing as illegal project management). The topics are:
The Stages of a Project simplifies an approach to project [...]
Johanna Rothman has an interesting post on why senior managers seem to like waterfall project management, or, as she puts it, serial lifecycles.
I do take issue with one blanket statement, however: “The projects your senior managers worked on were much simpler than the products you’re working on now.” This statement assumes either that the IT [...]
I’m not a huge fan of dashboards, particularly red-yellow-green types of dashboards. Too often, the oversimplify, providing a simplistic, un-nuanced and therefore low-value view of a situation.
In particular, I believe they’re a very poor tool for reporting up or out on a project or project portfolio, for reasons I’ve detailed in other posts.
However, if used [...]
Healthcare IT pro Elyse Nielsen has one of the best-named blogs around: AntiClue. She also has a recent post on workflow. In it, she lists what she sees as the top six workflow issues:
Automating a bad process will just make it fail faster and magnify the problem. This is very similar to Steven’s First Law [...]
A few weeks ago, I had to chain-saw my way into my driveway. In an odd way, it made me think about project-management tools. (This post on project management is modified from my “day-job” site, Lexician.com/lexblog.)
I own a house with a 300-foot-long driveway snaking through thick Pacific Northwest woods. Trees up here have very shallow roots. [...]