New PM Articles for the Week of February 24 – March 2

Six NewsboysNew project management articles published on the web during the week of February 17 – March 2. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:

Risk Management

  • Steven Levy continues his series on risk management with part 3. Links to the other articles in the series are on the top of each page. Highly recommended.
  • John Goodpasture explores the impact complexity has on cost and risk.
  • Geoff Crane defends his personal obsession with identifying project risks.
  • Elizabeth Harrin answers some questions on risk and issue reporting from one of her students.
  • Christian Bisson notes that risks aren’t always negatives. Sometimes, you can just have too much of a good thing.

PM Best Practices

  • Shim Marom summarizes the arguments surrounding the #NoEstimates debate as a series of questions.
  • Glen Alleman addresses each of Shim’s questions on #NoEstimates.
  • Michael O’Brochta makes the case for establishing ethical standards and conducting ethics training, in support of ethical behavior.
  • Michelle Stronach recaps the current state of virtual training, from development of the materials to considerations for the learner.
  • Martin Webster covers coaching – why, how, and what questions to ask.
  • Alina Vrabie looks at the logistics of team collaboration – specifically, scheduling time for it.
  • Andy Jordan reflects on his experience remotely managing teams to identify lessons learned in maintaining project communication.
  • Anya Faingersh wonders whether management academic studies are relevant to the way we actually manage, and vice-versa.

Project Governance

  • Jonathan Shaw has written a long article that illustrates why Big Data is a Big Deal. Highly recommended, but find a comfortable chair.
  • David Hillson summarizes the Five Capitals of Sustainability, as first described by the Forum for the Future in 2007.
  • Toby Elwin skewers the capability model as a substitute for competence.
  • Pawel Brodzinski explains why Kaizen boards, which track ideas for improvement and encourage team participation, usually don’t work.
  • Buddle Findlay tackles the procurement elephant in the room: making software development contracts Agile.

Agile Methods

  • Peter Saddington gives us his thoughts on SAFe, the Structured Agile Framework, after attending the training.
  • Mike Cohn explains why the product owner has to make the call to abnormally terminate a sprint and start a new one.
  • Bart Gerardi offers some ideas on how to get the most out of your daily standup. For starters, don’t make it into a status meeting.
  • Rob Galanakis tells us why Scrum and XP fit so well together.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Susanne Madsen on how to become a more effective leader. Just 59 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Bryan Barrow on his approach to project planning meetings, using index cards pre-printed with standard deliverables. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mark Phillipy interviews Carl Pritchard on his approach to risk management. Just 59 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

3 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of February 24 – March 2

  1. There are some great podcasts, several a month, by Dave Prior on projectsatwork, that should be included on any roundup of PM and Agile related content. My biased opinon.

  2. I agree. In the last few weeks, I’ve linked to Dave’s interviews with Kamal Mangani and David Anderson. It would be great if Dave could get an interview with Stan Swete or one of the development leads at Workday. They use Scrum to develop their SaaS applications, and in December they changed their both their UX and they way they handle update roll-outs.

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