What is the deal w/ Technorati?

Does anyone have any idea what’s up w/ Technorati?  It seems like they’ve had recurring index, link, and authority update issues since the beginning of the year.  I’d like to rely on them — I see backlinks and other comments there I can’t see other places.

Also, I’m surprised Michael Krigsman hasn’t posted on them again.  I’m starting to wonder if they really did get to the bottom of what ailed them six months ago (Michael’s “kudos” post here).

New strategy for media SW troubled projects…

Given the market value of newspapers, perhaps when a newspaper software project goes wrong, the vendor could simply buy the company? 

Per Jeff’s post here, nothing like the newspaper business for value destruction.  Is there any other industry where the talent is deliberately segregated from the rest of the firm (the old news vs. business “Chinese Wall”)?  And they wonder why the product sucks.

Now, let me pass this troubled project “tip” on to Michael Krigsman…

Q2 Inbound Links and Comments — Thanks and Kudos

Links and comments are the about the only way for me to know if I’m writing something interesting, useful, or at least provocative.  I appreciate each and every one.

Thanks to the following folks for linking to Crossderry this past quarter…

  • The folks over at relentless PR, especially Leo Bottary (here and here)
  • Bas at Project Shrink (here)
  • Scott Middleton (here)
  • Mary Adams at Hybrid Vigor (here)
  • Rafael at Better Projects (here)
  • Miguel at eme ka eme (here)

Also, thank you to those who commented… (many of the folks above commented as well, but I won’t duplicate)

  • Vinnie Mirchandani at Deal Architect (here)
  • Charles Green at Trusted Advisor (here)
  • Jonathan Becher at Manage by Walking Around (here)
  • Michael Krigsman at IT Project Failures (here)
  • Patti Choby (here)
  • Rich Maltzman at Scope Crepe (here)
  • Markus at Leadership Briefing (here)
  • One of the gang at PM Think (here)
  • Craig Brown at Better Projects (here)
  • Bill at Projects Possible (here)
  • lazymale at lap31 (here)

Apologies if I missed anyone…  Thanks again, Paul

Portfolio Management and Troubled Projects

SAP has had a lot of success using project portfolio management — especially via regular monitoring and controlling of the project inventory — to reduce the number of troubled projects and their impact on margin.  Michael Krigsman’s IT project failures blog has a useful post summarizing some of the main challenges.

Michael’s comment is spot-on…my bad.  Thank God for “edit…” 

His interview w/ CA is tool process-centric, and of course an SAPling won’t downplay the value of PPM tools!  In fact, we’ve found that putting a basic process foundation in place — regardless of tool support — to be very effective.  The very act of systematically monitoring the project portfolio surfaces potential project failures more quickly, reduces the probability of failure, lowers the impact if failure(s) happen, and shortens the duration of the adverse events. 

SAP PMOs that operationalized PPM — even with first-generation tools — have had fewer, shorter, and lower impact escalations than those that don’t.  PMOs that wait for the “perfect” approach always seem to get blindsided.

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