Carnival of Project Management #46

Welcome 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.

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  1. says

    Maybe it’s the nature of my project domain (HR and payroll systems), but I’m used to having a lot of women on my project – usually a majority of both the core project team and the stakeholders. Consequently, I’m used to seeing Anita Woolley proved right, time and again. If you’re not familiar with her research into the collective intelligence of teams, here’s a link to a post from April that will lead you to an interview with her, posted on YouTube.

    • says

      Dave, I concur (not that I’m biased or anything)! You say in your article (thanks for the link) that conversational turn taking is a signifier for success and groups without it demonstrate lower collective intelligence. At university I studied turn taking (it might have been in the work of Deborah Tanner, I don’t remember exactly) and the linguists conclusion was that women are better at turn taking in coversation. Well, we do get a lot of practice at it! So I can see how the two link together. Thanks for sharing the video.

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