New PM Articles for the Week of October 21 – 27

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 21 – 27.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

Must read

  • Mike Griffiths finds inspiration for Agile horrors in Halloween.  The Frankenstein process, Zombie projects, and other year-round terrors now have names!
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Frank Saladis, the man who first proposed International Project Management Day.  Just 50 minutes, and safe for work.
  • Shim Marom recaps an on-going LinkedIn discussion of who bears responsibility for a failed project, weighing in with his own thoughts at the end.

The Strategic View

  • Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Airways, makes the business case for bridging the gender gap.  All success begins with opportunity!
  • Esther Derby finds problems with the legacy management assumptions that we have embraced, and seeks solutions in new assumptions about workers and work.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin has developed a new e-learning course, “Better Project Status Reports.”  And for just a bit more, she’ll critique one of your status reports!
  • Chuck Morton concludes his series on project governance with maturity level five.
  • Glen Alleman explores the value of estimates to the stakeholders.
  • John Goodpasture calls us to take balanced approach to risk assessment – impact and probability both matter.  Of course, there’s also the 1% doctrine.
  • Allen Ruddock recalls taking on a failing software implementation project, and recovering from the disaster that was their first few weeks of operation.
  • Samad Aidane continues his series on how to be a happy project manager, with his thoughts on a productive relationship with the project sponsor.
  • Martin Webster took a straw poll of his team and found four reasons they were frustrated with their leadership.
  • Joe Crumpler explains how he and his team have been using Asana to capture, document, inform, and do the little tasks that keep coming their way.
  • Kerry Wills wants his project teams to apply the security slogan, “If you see something, say something” to progress and risk monitoring.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman offers her high-level strategy for fixing the website.
  • Peter Saddington has prepared an FAQ for management and the Human Resources folks on the Scrum Master role.
  • Scott Berkun on zombie meetings: “Often there is one person who … will keep feeding the zombie with the coworker’s brains just to preserve that feeling [of power].”
  • Neil Killick reminds us that the value of a daily stand-up meeting is the opportunity for the team to collaborate.
  • Pawel Brodzinski explains his five-minute effectiveness test for Kanban or task boards.
  • Bob Tarne shares lessons learned from an article by Ryan Singer on tailoring Agile to meet the needs of the work at hand.
  • Venkatesh Krishnamurthy says happiness and Agile both come from the pursuit, not the imagined end state.

Pot Pouri

  • Luis Seabra Coelho applies the GROW model (Goal, Reality, Options, Will) to project management.
  • Naomi Caietti interviews Penny Pullan, project management author, entrepreneur, and host of the virtual Business Analysis Summit.  30 minutes, safe for work.
  • Anya Faingersh addresses style – specifically, our management style.
  • Karina Keith has collected some computer keyboard shortcuts that will make you more efficient.  I picked up two new ones right away – Thanks, Karina!