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SPaMCAST 428 - Mark Bojeun, Project and Product Visions

One my favorite serial interviewees, Dr. Mark Bojeun, returns to the Software Process and Measurement Cast for a third time (we may need to get him a permanent seat at the table soon).  Mark and I discussed the role and impact of project and product visions on the ability to effectively deliver value.  The vision is an important directional statement that can’t be left to chance!   

Mark has last visited the Software Process and Measurement Cast on SPaMCAST 388 to discuss PMOs as a strategic tool and before then on the  SPaMCAST 280 to discuss  his book, Program Management Leadership: Creating Successful Team Dynamics (Kindle version).

Mark’s Bio:

Dr. Bojeun has more than 20 years of experience in providing strategic management and leadership through portfolio, project and program management. His experience includes developing and managing multi-million dollar portfolios, programs, and projects, facilitating the achievement of strategic objectives, and creating best practice processes for program and project management efforts. Dr. Bojeun has designed and implemented multiple Enterprise Program Management Offices (EPMOs) for domestic and multinational firms and has extensive experience in organizational change management through transformational leadership, strategic support and staff empowerment to management professionals in the development and implementation of organizational vision, mission, objectives, and goals.

Contact Mark on LinkedIn

Re-Read Saturday News

We missed this week due to work!  I was teaching Test Driven Development.  It was an intense class with a great group.  We will get back in the swing of things next week!

Remember to buy a copy of Carol Dweck’s Mindset and read along!

Visit the Software Process and Measurement Cast blog to participate in this and previous re-reads.

Next SPaMCAST

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 429 will be something very special. Ryan Ripley (who appeared on SPaMCAST 404 and is the host of the Agile for Humans Podcast) recently connected virtually to discuss the role and impact of certifications on the Agile movement.  It was a pretty intense discussion!  We are going to release the audio on both our podcasts concurrently on Monday February 6th!  Make sure both Agile for Humans and the Software Process and Measurement Cast are part of your weekly rituals!  

Shameless Ad for my book!

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here. Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_428_-_Mark_Bojeun_Project_and_Product_Visions.mp3
Category:Project Management -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 388 – Dr Mark Bojeun, PMO As A Strategic Tool

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 388 features our interview with Dr. Mark Bojeun. Dr. Bojeun returns to the podcast to discuss how a PMO can be a strategic tool for an organization. If a PMO is merely a control point or an administrative function, their value and longevity are at risk. Mark suggests that there is a better way.


Mark last visited the Software Process and Measurement Cast on SPaMCAST 280.  We discussed his book, Program Management Leadership: Creating Successful Team Dynamics (Kindle version).

Mark’s Bio
Dr. Bojeun has more than 20 years of experience in providing strategic management and leadership through portfolio, project and program management. His experience includes developing and managing multi-million dollar portfolios, programs and projects, facilitating the achievement of strategic objectives, and creating best practice processes for program and project management efforts. Dr. Bojeun has designed and implemented multiple Enterprise Program Management Offices (EPMOs) for domestic and multinational firms and has extensive experience in organizational change management through transformational leadership, strategic support and staff empowerment to management professionals in the development and implementation of organizational vision, mission, objectives, and goals.

Dr. Bojeun holds a Program Management Professional (PgMP), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Risk Management (PMI-RMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI), is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, an MBA from George Mason University and a PhD in Organizational Leadership.

Dr. Bojeun’s new book, Program Management Leadership: Creating Successful Team Dynamics as part of CRC Publishing’s Best Practices and Advances in Program Management Series addresses the need for effective leadership styles in managing programs and projects achieving high performing teams that consistently exceed expectations.

Over the last ten years, Dr. Bojeun has provided commercial training courses in all aspects of Program and Project management and has been an Adjunct Professor for a number of universities. Dr. Bojeun is currently an Adjunct Professor at Strayer University where he actively teaches business, logistics and project management courses for both undergraduate as well as graduate students. In addition, he provides motivational presentations to leaders throughout the world.

Contact Mark on LinkedIn

Re-Read Saturday News
This week we have a few final notes on our re-read of How to Measure Anything, Finding the Value of “Intangibles in Business” Third Edition by Douglas W. Hubbard on the Software Process and Measurement Blog.  In this week installment we summarize our major take away and identify what we can do to improve based on our new knowledge.

We will read Commitment – Novel About Managing Project Risk by Olav Maassen and Chris Matts for our next Re-Read beginning next week. Buy your copy today and start reading (use the link to support the podcast). In the meantime, vote in our poll for the next, next book. As in past polls please vote twice or suggest a write-in candidate in the comments. We will run the poll for one more week.

Upcoming Events
I will be at the QAI Quest 2016 in Chicago beginning April 18th through April 22nd. I will be teaching a full day class on Agile Estimation on April 18 and presenting Budgeting, Estimating, Planning and #NoEstimates: They ALL Make Sense for Agile Testing! on Wednesday, April 20th. Register now!


I will be speaking at the CMMI Institute’s Capability Counts 2016 Conference in Annapolis, Maryland May 10th and 11th. Register Now!

Next SPaMCAST
The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our essay on different layers and anti-patterns of Agile Acceptance Testing . Many practitioners see Agile acceptance testing as focused solely on the business facing functionality. This is a misunderstanding; acceptance testing is more varied.

We will also have columns from Kim Pries and Gene Hughson!

Shameless Ad for my book!
Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book book here. Available in E English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_388__Dr_Mark_Bojeun_PMO_As_A_Strategic_Tool.mp3
Category:Project Management -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 320 - Alfonso Bucero - Today is a Good Day

SPaMCAST 320 features our interview with Alfonso Bucero. We discussed his book, Today Is A Good Day. Attitude is an important tool for a project manager, team member or executive.  In his book Alfonso provides a plan for honing your attitude.

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI Fellow, is the founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting.  He managed IIL Spain for almost two years, and he was a Senior Project Manager at Hewlett-Packard Spain (Madrid Office) for thirteen years.

Since 1994, he has been a frequent speaker at International Project Management (PM) Congresses and Symposiums. Alfonso has delivered PM training and consulting services in Spain, Mexico, UK, Belgium, Germany, France, Denmark, Costa Rica, Brazil, USA, and Singapore. As believer in Project Management, he teaches that Passion, Persistence and Patience as keys for project success.

Alfonso co-authored the book Project Sponsorship with Randall L. Englund published by Josse-Bass in 2006. He has authored the book Today is a Good Day – Attitudes for achieving project success, published by Multimedia Publishing in Canada in 2010. He has also contributed to professional magazines in Russia (SOVNET), India (ICFAI), Argentina and Spain. Alfonso co-authored The Complete Project Manager and The Complete Project Manager Toolkit published with Randall L. Englund published by Management Concepts in March 2012. Alfonso published The Influential Project Manager in 2014 with CRC Press in the US.

Alfonso has also published several articles in national and international Project Management magazines. He is a Contributing editor of PM Network (Crossing Borders), published by the “Project Management Institute”.

Contact Alfonso: alfonso.bucero@abucero.com
Twitter: 
@abucero
Website: http://www.abucero.com/

Call to action!

We are in the middle of a re-read of John Kotter’s classic Leading Change on the Software Process and Measurement Blog.  Are you participating in the re-read? Please feel free to jump in and add your thoughts and comments!

After we finish the current re-read will need to decide which book will be next.  We are building a list of the books that have had the most influence on readers of the blog and listeners to the podcast.  Can you answer the question?

What are the two books that have most influenced you career (business, technical or philosophical)?  Send the titles to spamcastinfo@gmail.com.

First, we will compile a list and publish it on the blog.  Second, we will use the list to drive future  “Re-read” Saturdays. Re-read Saturday is an exciting new feature that began on the Software Process and Measurement blog on November 8th.  Feel free to choose you platform; send an email, leave a message on the blog, Facebook or just tweet the list (use hashtag #SPaMCAST)!

Next

In the next Software Process and Measurement Cast we will feature our essay on the requirements for success with Agile.  Senior management, engagement, culture and coaches are components but not the whole story

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast has a sponsor.

As many you know I do at least one webinar for the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute (ITMPI) every year. The ITMPI provides a great service to the IT profession. ITMPI’s mission is to pull together the expertise and educational efforts of the world’s leading IT thought leaders and to create a single online destination where IT practitioners and executives can meet all of their educational and professional development needs. The ITMPI offers a premium membership that gives members unlimited free access to 400 PDU accredited webinar recordings, and waives the PDU processing fees on all live and recorded webinars. The Software Process and Measurement Cast some support if you sign up here. All the revenue our sponsorship generates goes for bandwidth, hosting and new cool equipment to create more and better content for you. Support the SPaMCAST and learn from the ITMPI.

Shameless Ad for my book!

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here.

Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_320_-_Alfonso_Bucero_-_Today_is_a_Good_Day.mp3
Category:Project Management -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 236 - Taylor, Rosenhead, James, Strategies for Project Sponsorship

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 236!

SPaMCAST 236 feature my interview with  Peter Taylor, Ron Rosenhead and Vicki James's we discussed their new book, Strategies for Project Sponsorship.  Sponsors are not necessarily born to the role and unless we want to take pot luck we better understand what makes a good sponsor. 

Vicki James, PMP, CBAP (Seattle, WA, USA)
http://www.project-pro.us  
Vicki is passionate about learning and sharing best practices in project management and business analysis. Certified in both project management (Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute since 2005) and business analysis (Certified Business Analysis Professional from the International Institute of  Business Analysis in since 2010) provides a broad view to support project governance and processes. Vicki spent 11-years in the public sector successfully delivering projects to support governmental operations. Today she provides private consulting to government and private industry clients in addition to writing and presenting on all things project. Vicki is a contributor to The Complete Project Manager (2012) by Randall Englund and Alfonso Bucero as well as a popular blogger and Tweeter.

Peter Taylor, PMP (Coventry UK)
http://www.thelazyprojectmanager.com/
Peter is a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in Project Management. His background is in project management across three major business areas over the last 26 years, MRP/ERP systems with various software houses and culminating in his current role with Infor, Business Intelligence (BI) with Cognos, and product lifecycle management (PLM) with Siemens. He has spent the last 7 years leading PMOs and developing project managers and is now focusing on project based services development with Infor. He is a professional speaker as well as the author of ‘The Lazy Project Manager’ (Infinite Ideas) and ‘Leading Successful PMOs’ (Gower) and ‘The Lazy Winner’ (Infinite Ideas).

Previous Appearances: 
Lazy Project Manager - SPaMCAST 158
Project From Hell - SPaMCAST 194 

Ron Rosenhead (London, UK)

http://www.ronrosenhead.co.uk/
Ron Rosenhead is known for his highly practical approach to life alongside project management. Over 25 years as a trainer and consultant with the last 17 years specializing in helping organisations to increase the probability of project success. He has personally trained,coached over 10,000 people in the project management world; some project managers, others project sponsors. He has worked across sectors: financial services,public sector, engineering, pharmaceuticals, universities, car retailing, It etc. He is a professional speaker and author of Deliver that Project (an e-book), is a regular blogger and tweeter. Ron regularly writes practical project management training materials which are in use all over the world.

Appreared on SPaMCAST 152 talking about project management 

Order the book at http://strategies4sponsors.com/

The Daily Process Thoughts is my project designed to deliver a quick daily idea, thought or simple smile to help you become a better change agent. Each day you will get piece of thought provoking text and a picture or hand drawn chart to illustrate the idea being presented. The goal is to deliver every day; rain or shine, in sickness or in health or for better or worse! Check it out at www.tcagley.wordpress.com

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."

NOW AVAILABLE IN CHINESE! 

Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast

Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
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One more thing!  Help support the SPaMCAST by reviewing and rating the Software Process and Measurement Cast on ITunes!  It helps people find the cast. 

THe Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network.  Listen to the SPaMCAST and othe great podcasts, like Day In Tech History a podcast on tech hitory 365 days a year at http://www.techpodcasts.com/

Next:
The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature an essay on the role of product owners! 


SPaMCAST 234 - Levin, Ward, Taylor, Sweeney

Welecome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 234

Over the past seven years at the end of every interview I have asked "what two issues would you fix and why" or some close variant of that question.  In that question each of my interviewees has left thier own mark on how I think about software process and measurement.  This week I am continuing with a walk down memory lane with three of the most popular segments from 2011

SPaMCAST 136 - Ginger Levin and LeRoy Ward, Program Management Complexity
SPaMCAST 158 - Peter Taylor, The Lazy Project Manager
SPaMCAST 138 - Jo Ann Sweeney, Communication

I have also included an entry from the Daily Process Thoughts titled "Perception."  

Daily Process Thoughts: Perception, January 25, 2013

A few months ago I arrived at a conference in Chicago a few hours early and spent the afternoon wandering around the downtown area.  I love Chicago!  There are always new things to see and do.  Regardless of my mission, I always try to make time to see the Cloud Gate (the metal bean); rain or shine, hot or cold).  Why?  Cloud Gate reminds me that regardless of how I try to see things from different angles there are always different ways to see and experience the world around me.

Seth Godin, the marketing guru, counsels us to have a bias toward action; to  have the guts deliver our products, ideas and processes to market. The advice is sound because without delivering there is no possibility of feedback. Incorporating techniques such as diverse, cross functional teams, short development cycles, incremental deliveries and constant feedback loops into how you deliver process improvements will let you deliver and then gather feedback. In other words use techniques from agile and lean development to change how you improve your processes.

Deliver and then stand under your own Cloud Gate and watch, listen and gather feedback from all of the possible perspectives then deliver again.

The Daily Process Thoughts is my project designed to deliver a quick daily idea, thought or simple smile to help you become a better change agent. Each day you will get piece of thought provoking text and a picture or hand drawn chart to illustrate the idea being presented. The goal is to deliver every day; rain or shine, in sickness or in health or for better or worse! Check it out at www.tcagley.wordpress.com

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."

NOW AVAILABLE IN CHINESE! 

Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast

Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

One more thing!  Help support the SPaMCAST by reviewing and rating the Software Process and Measurement Cast on ITunes!  It helps people find the cast. 

Next:
In the next SPaMCAST I will continue with the vacation format with excerpts from 2010.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_234_-_Levin_Ward_Taylor_Sweeney.mp3
Category:Project Management -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 186 - Jo Ann Sweeney, Social Media and Project Communications

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 185!

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 186 features my interview with Jo Ann Sweeney.  We discussed using social media as a tool to support communications inside and outside projects. It was great to have Jo Ann back on the Cast.

I recommend going back to SPaMCAST 138 to listen to our earlier interview after listening to this interview!

Jo Ann Sweeney is a communications consultant who helps transformation teams win the support of their sponsors, senior executives and end users.

She is known for her ability to help teams understand the change from their audiences’ perspectives, as well as developing communication activities that catch their interest.

Jo Ann specialises in helping clients develop activities that take audiences on a journey from awareness, through understanding, to support, involvement and commitment. Teams are able to deliver sticky change.

Programmes have spanned skills development, product launches, office relocations, redundancies and redeployment, business process re-engineering, political lobbying, technology rollouts and brand makeovers for corporates, government departments and charities.

Jo Ann shares her knowledge and experience online through the CommsAbilities blog [www.commsabilities.com/blog.asp], Worth Working Summiit [www.worthworkingsummit.com] and the Communicating Projects System [www.sweeneycomms.com/communicating-projects]

She has more than 25 years experience and is a trained journalist, chartered marketer and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, fellow of the Institute of Internal Communications and member of the Institute of Directors.

A special Offer from Jo Ann to SPaMCAST listeners!   
Jo Ann is offering her new Communicating Projects System at 50% off.  Follow the link below:

http://www.sweeneycomms.com/communicating-projects/specialoffer

Also we talked about RSA Animation which can be found at 
http://www.thersa.org/events/video/animate/rsa-animate-drive

More Contact Information:  
Web:  http://www.commsabilities.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/commsabilities

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."

Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast

Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 187 will feature an essay on the role of the PMO in Agile Estimation. I hope we will all still be friends when I am done.


SPaMCAST 184 - Steve Boronski, Prince2, Project Management

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 184!

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 184 features my interview with Steve Boronski.  We discussed PRINCE2® (PRojects IN Controlled Environments), which is a widely used project management method that navigates you through the essentials for running a project.PRINCE2 is a de facto standard developed and used extensively by the UK government and is widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally.

Steve's Bio:

Steve is a Project and Programme Management professional with many years practical experience developed in both the public and private sectors. He specialises in IT enabled Business Change assisting many organisations to use a structured approach to their business changes, from Portfolio to Programme and Project delivery mechanisms.

Steve now spends most of his time travelling the world, training and consulting, helping people to learn and apply PRINCE2®, MSP® and P3O® all Best Practice Guidance freely available from the UK Cabinet Office for worldwide application.

Contact Information:
Email: steve.boronski@ilxgroup.com
Web:  http://www.ilxgroup.com
Linked In: http://ow.ly/azUqh 
Prince 2 Official Site:  http://www.prince-officialsite.com/

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."

Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 185 will feature my essay titled the "Narcissism of Small Differences."  This essay is based on comments made by Corey Haines in the SPaMCAST 182.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_184_-_Steve_Boronski_Prince2_Project_Management.mp3
Category:Project Management -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 158 - Peter Taylor, The Lazy Project Manager

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 158!

The SPaMCAST 158 features my interview with Peter Taylor.  We discussed his book The Lazy Project Manager. Peter and I discussed how to be an effective and effiecent project manager and still have a balanced life!

Peter is a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in Project Management.

His background is in project management across three major business areas over the last 26 years, MRP/ERP systems with various software houses and culminating in his current role with Infor, Business Intelligence (BI) with Cognos, and product lifecycle management (PLM) with Siemens. He has spent the last 7 years leading PMOs and developing project managers and is now focusing on project based services development with Infor.

He is also an accomplished communicator and leader and is a professional speaker as well as the author of ‘The Lazy Project Manager’ (Infinite Ideas) and ‘Leading Successful PMOs’ (Gower) and ‘The Lazy Winner’ (Infinite Ideas).

More information can be found at www.thelazyprojectmanager.com  and www.thelazywinner.com – and through his free podcasts in iTunes.

Also, if you are interested in getting published, check out the ‘Get Published’ site – www.pmpublished.com 

Peter's email address:  Peter.Taylor@infor.com

Special Offer:

Peter has also provided two copies of The Lazy Project Manager for Software Process and Management listeners.  I will draw two names at random (not random names) on November 27th and Peter will send the winners a copy.  To participate send an email to spamcastinfo@gmail.com with the subject line "Lazy Project Manager." Include you full shipping address.  

Shameless Ad for my book! 
Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."  Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next!

SPaMCAST 159 will probably feature an essay on systems think but it might be an essay on the impact of fear  . . .either will very interesting!

Direct download: SPaMCAST_158_-_Peter_Taylor_The_Lazy_Project_Manager.mp3
Category:Project Management -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 152 - Ron Rosenhead, Project Management

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 151!

The SPaMCAST 152 will features an interview with Ron Rosenhead.  We discussed all things project management!  Are you a project manager, know a project manager or are looking for project management training?  This interview is for you! 

Ron's Bio:

Ron Rosenhead is and has been the Chief Executive Officer for Project Agency – a London based project management training and consultancy company 

While working on a major change programme Ron realised that managers were given huge business change projects but had received no specific training to support them. He set about rectifying this providing them with a range of events which supported them and the change programme.

This was a turning point in his career and for the last 16 years Ron has run Project Agency a company dedicated to supporting organisations who want to increase the probability of project success.

He has a passion for developing project management skills of professional staff. He is always looking for ways of tackling blockages to learning and ultimately effective delivery of projects.

He speaks at conferences, runs training events, consults and writes all in the area of project management.

He is a graduate and post graduate and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

Ron's Contact Data:
Web: www.projectagency.co.uk 
Web: www.deliverthatproject.com
Email: rr@projectagency.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/@ronrosenhead

Interested in sponsoring the Software Process and Measurment Cast? Please contact me at SPaMCASTinfo@gmail.com for a rate sheet or to discuss options.

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."

Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast

Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

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SPaMCAST 153 will feature an essay discussing system thinking and process improvement!

Direct download: SPaMCAST_152_-_Ron_Rosenhead_Project_Management.mp3
Category:Project Management -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 138 - Jo Ann Sweeney, Communication

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 138!

SPaMCAST 138 features my interview with Jo Ann Sweeney.  I think we would all agree that communication is an important tool for taming the clash of organizational perspectives, for creating a platform for collaboration or in other words for making projects work.  Our interview covered these points and more and is a must for all of my listeners!

Meet Jo Ann Sweeney

Some years ago my husband and I were having an argument. We had opposite views and seemed to be going round in circles. I couldn’t understand why. Then the penny dropped.

It was all about perspective. He sees things in black and white; I see in shades of grey. Once he realised I understood his point of view he expected me to agree with him. For him my understanding equalled agreement.

Since then I’ve come to realise this same clash of perspectives happens in organisations all the time. Leaders and employees have very different outlooks that can undermine the whole organisation.

Either they trust each other’s perspectives and are willing to collaborate. Or they use up huge amounts of energy trying to coerce each other – creating frustration, resistance, delays and escalating costs.

In my 25+ years with multinationals, SMEs, government departments and charities I’ve come to realise this is all about relationships of trust. And about people listening to and understanding each other; being willing to put themselves in other people’s shoes.

Today I lead Sweeney Communications , a consultancy dedicated to helping communicators and project professionals deliver communication activities that build trust and rapport with their audiences both internally and externally.

My role invariably is as a catalyst, asking the difficult questions that help clients understand what their leaders expect of them. Then holding their hands while they win the buy-in of key people – executives, team members, government, customers.

Much of what I’m learning I share through the CommsAbilities blog  and ezine ; and the annual virtual Worth Working Summit

Jo Ann Sweeney is a chartered marketer and trained journalist, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and of the Institute of Internal Communication.

 

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In the SPaMCAST 139 we will return to the Metrics Minute and tackle one or two of the financial metrics that are important for projects.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_138_-_Jo_Ann_Sweeney_Communication.mp3
Category:Project Management -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT