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June 29, 2018 In this edition:
Be in charge of the tools. Don't let the tools be in charge of you.
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» From the Blogs
» Tools Aren't Everything
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Featured Article
Beware of Shiny New Tools!
Alan Koch

Alan Koch They're shiny. They're new. And they're what DevOps is all about! The cool toolsets that enable such amazing IT performance call out to us, "Download me! Install me! I'll make your IT life great!"

Don't fall for their siren song!

DevOps maturity does require a good toolset, but DevOps is much, much more than just implementing tools. DevOps is about people, and it is about the processes we use.

There are scads of cool DevOps tools out there, but practice makes perfect »

From the Blogs
Project Portfolio Management: Simplify the Selection Process, by Alan Zucker
Traditionally, PPM leverages similar financial measures to identify projects with the greatest potential return. But how do you value the benefit of a regulatory requirement? Many organizations try to manage their project portfolios using complex processes and financial measures. In my experience simplicity and flexibility are the keys to building an effective portfolio management process.

10 Traits of Successful Project Managers, by Chris Cook
From The 10x Rule, Chris Cook explains the ten characteristics that can lead to being the kind of project manager that inspires people to get things done, instead of having to convince them to do it.

Tools Aren't Everything
Everything Alan Koch says about DevOps tools goes for PM and portfolio tools too. Tools are great! But you have to be sure you're implementing them in the right environment, with the right processes, for the right reasons.

A Fool With a Tool?, by Kent McDonald
A tool in the right hands is powerful. But if the users haven't been properly prepared, it may create more problems than it solves.

Project Management Software Tools Evaluation – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until July 15, 2018
If you've decided to implement a tool, make sure it's the right one for your organization. This checklist will help your team get to the short list of evaluation candidates by documenting the features important to your PM process and tracking which software packages have those features. It also helps capture comments on different packages.

Implementing an Enterprise Portfolio Management System for IT and Beyond – MEMBER
What does it really take to enjoy a successful installation? Review the processes and lessons learned from one company's PPM installation in this detailed case study, which reports on details like process requirements, training gotchas, and how to recruit executive support. Several ProjectConnections members and their associates also shared their experiences and best practices for this article, supplying broad coverage of the topic.

Getting the Right Value from a Project Management Tool – PREMIUM
You have a great tool in place. Does it work? This document steps you through a systematic look at your tool use. Use the major sections to assess the value-for-effort you're getting and to identify possible areas for tool tweaks or outright overhaul. (If you haven't adop ted a PM tool yet, this document can help you define the desired value the tool should deliver and prompt ideas on how the team and executives could use a tool to best effect.)

Getting Relevant to Get Results – MEMBER
Tools are great, but what really matters is people and process. If your processes seem like overhead, not valuable work, it won't matter how good your tools are. The key to implementing effective project management with your technical teams is to make them partners in the big picture and bring their technical concerns to the forefront. Then show them how integrated, effective management can eliminate the things they hate worst on projects and make their technical work and their careers successful. This paper shares Cinda Voegtli's insights from years of working with technical teams to develop meaningful project processes.

Corporate Subscriptions and Licensing
Want your team members to have their own access to templates and how-to resources for their project work? Need to share documents and deliverables beyond your project team? We make it easier with affordable corporate subscriptions and licensing. Detailed information regarding corporate options is available online. Give your whole team, or even the entire organization, cost-effective access to our comprehensive online library of resources. You already know how helpful it's been for you. Now it's time to share with everyone else. Find out more »

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