Linus Torvalds on Managing Software Projects

CIO.com has an interview with Linus Torvalds that I’d just had to share…very interesting commentary from Linus on managing software projects. In the article, Linus provides five ‘tips’ for managing projects…they are: Find people you can trust. Be trustworthy yourself. Be honest—sometimes painfully honest. You also have to let the others get their say in. […]

The Strategic Project Leader

I just finished reading The Strategic Project Leader: Mastering Service-Based Project Leadership by Jack Ferraro….not a bad book. In section two of his book, Mr. Ferraro writes: In project management, leadership is desperately needed; leadership that is adaptable, perceptive, timely, meaningful, authentic, and unselfish. This one sentence sums up the core of The Strategic Project […]

Reinventing Project Management

I just finished reading “Reinventing Project Management” by Aaron J. Shenhar and Dov Dvir and I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. The full title of the book is “Reinventing Project Management: The Diamond Approach to Successful Growth & Innovation” and, as the title suggests, it covers an approach that the authors […]

IT Human Capital as Competitive Advantage

This is an excerpt of a paper I’ve just completed titled “Information Technology Human Capital as Competitive Advantage”. I’ve provided a brief intro plus the conclusion here. This white paper was the inspiration for the the topics discussed in my previous posts titled “Resource Diversity & Immobility Simplified“, “Competitive Advantage and the Resource Based View […]

Organizational Alignment and Project Success

Organization Alignment seems like one of those ‘touchy feely’ things that most technical folks would rather not discuss but it’s actually quite relevant to success in todays technology and project driven organizations. Note: For books on organizational alignement, check out these amazon books: Books on Organizational Alignment. Organizational alignment is the practice of aligning an […]

Strategic Project Management

This is an excerpt of a paper I wrote while working on my MBA. To read the entire article, download the PDF titled “Strategic Project Management.” Strategic Project Management (SPM) (also called Enterprise Project Management by some) has been defined by Callahan & Brooks (2004) as “the use of the appropriate project management knowledge, skills, […]