Lean – reading

I am convinced that Lean thinking and work patterns are crucial for IT-related change projects and the IT Service Management portfolio. When I am seeking inspiration I dive into:

Lean Production Simplified, Third Edition: A Plain-Language Guide to the World’s Most Powerful Production System B0169UYCEE (book) by Pascal Dennis. Dennis in his 3rd Ed. includes specific material on bridging from the factory floor to knowledge work. The argument that LEAN is important to knowledge work is persuasive – the challenge is in application.

 

The Remedy: Bringing Lean Thinking Out of the Factory to Transform the Entire Organization B003V89YW8(book) by Pascal Dennis.  Not as sharp as “Lean Simplified” but a useful guide to bridging across from production to business contexts.

Personal Productivity – Reading

I have been reading zen habits for a while – but this is a gem: My most important productivity method.  Here is the thesis:

  1. Pick something important to work on (a task from your most important project, perhaps). What you pick doesn’t really matter, because you’ll get the rest soon.
  2. Focus exclusively on that task for a bit, finishing it if you can.
  3. Pick another important task after that, and repeat.

Keys for Agile Co-Evolution of the WBS and Schedule Network: The ‘Schedule Network 100 Percent’ Rule and the ‘Add and Prune Dependencies’ Algorithm

projectmanagement.com Knowledge Shelf just published an article of mine on "Keys for Agile Co-Evolution of the WBS and Schedule Network: The 'Schedule Network 100 Percent' Rule and the 'Add and Prune Dependencies' Algorithm" Abstract The “schedule … [Continue reading]

Management of IT Reading

See also the post on IT Service Management Reading. I have found these resources provide key building blocks for leading IT. How completely messed up processes become normal (web article) by Dan Luu. Thought provoking. How technology is creating a … [Continue reading]

Starting a project late is worse that finishing it late

Over the last few years of reading Glen Alleman's "Herding Cats" blog, I have come across the refrain "Risk Management is how adults manage projects" many times.  Today, I chased down the source of this quote to Tim Lister's 2004 "How Much Risk Is … [Continue reading]

Risk and Safety discussion

Having identified our risks we then proceed to characterise the source, the causal mechanisms, the consequences, identify controls and finally apply some sort of ranking to the risk. Sounds fairly straightforward and objective doesn’t … [Continue reading]

IT Service Management Reading

Adopting IT Service Management disciplines is a journey for the service provider (and the customers). Here is a partial list of references which have guided me. Implementation Guidance The Visible Ops Handbook: Implementing ITIL in 4 Practical … [Continue reading]

PMQu: A Quality Tool for Project Information in MS Project

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(Article published first in "The Critical Path", PMI Sydney, April 2015) The open source add-in for MS Project called “PMQu” assists project managers to create, and maintain, quality-checked project information. Earlier in this series of articles, I … [Continue reading]

WBS and Schedule Network coherence at scale

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(Article published first in "The Critical Path", PMI Sydney, February 2015) As argued in a previous article[1], common definitions of “deliverable” in the WBS and schedule network may be maintained by having “Start” and “Finish” milestones in the … [Continue reading]

Having a common definition of “deliverable” in both WBS and the schedule network.

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(Article published first in "The Critical Path", PMI Sydney, December 2014) Having a common definition of “deliverable” in both WBS and the schedule network assists project managers to build a common understanding of the project scope and progress … [Continue reading]

“Ready for use” and “Ready to use”

I am prompted to write because of a useful paper: "Perspectives on the Formal Authority Between Project Managers and Change Managers"  in the October/November 2014 Project Management Journal by Julien Pollack and Chivonne Algeo both of the University … [Continue reading]

Kazakh Notes now free download on Google Play

Back in 1991 in my first year in Kazakhstan, I wrote an introduction to Kazakh Language for English speakers called "Kazakh Notes".  I have just uploaded it and made it free on Google Play: Kazakh Notes. While preparing the manuscript for upload - I … [Continue reading]

Classic moments in automated geolocation

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I found this today courtesy of Google's auto geolocation and mapping algorithms! … [Continue reading]

Foundations of Project Management

This is a collection of references to articles and ideas that I refer to constantly to refresh my vision for Project Management. Bent Flyvbjerg on Reference Class Forecasting. Mel Conway on How committees Invent. The collaboration patterns of … [Continue reading]

“Cybersecurity as Realpolitik” by Dan Geer

"Cybersecurity as Realpolitik" by Dan Geer, at BlackHat 2014 is a thought provoking and informative discussion of the behavioural economic interventions that might increase Cyber Security. 8/10 Is there any real difference between a system that … [Continue reading]