New PM Articles for the Week of April 21 – 27

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

Leadership

  • Peter Saddington shares the high points of a recent Inc.com article contrasting average bosses with extraordinary bosses.
  • Zach Watson looks at the growing trend toward “flat” organizations and empowered teams of workers.
  • Martin Webster begins a series describing the popular leadership models, at a high level.
  • Mike Cohn gets in touch with his inner Hippie, and worries about our growing inability to live in the moment.

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman explains why the concept of operations has to come first, followed by capabilities, and then, finally, requirements.
  • John Goodpasture notes that one organization may have different components, each with it’s own risk tolerance, perceived exposures and opportunities, and politics.
  • Andy Jordan lays out the case for engaging the project managers in the implementation of portfolio management.
  • Chuck Morton explains why tailoring formal processes to the project helps ensure those processes will actually be followed.
  • Francis Hooke shares a project health check in the form of an acronym, PROJECT. Naturally!
  • Peter Tarhanidis walks us through his approach to turning a large, complex project into something more manageable.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on designing your Agile project.
  • Derek Huether has names for ten of the disruptive behaviors exhibited during the daily stand-up. What, no Dora the Explorer?
  • Nick Pisano disputes the selective quotes of Deming by Agilistas, looking for reasons to avoid the hard work of measuring quality.
  • Jai Singhai claims that Scrum supports all seven Lean principles. And then he tells us how it does it.

Professional Development

  • Elizabeth Harrin lists five more things you should know, as a new project manager.
  • Michel Dion reflects on a year of intense professional development, and finds seven principles for personal growth.
  • Tom McFarlin extols the virtues of code reviews, as a path to personal development. Note: this principal applies to project reviews, too!

Podcasts and Videos

  • Mark Phillippy interviews the legendary Frank Saladis, founder of the International Project Manager’s Day (and the Project Manager’s Blues). Just 44 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Jeff Goins on how he got his start as a writer. Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Margaret Meloni, who addresses our biggest uncertainty: are they really working on our project, or doing something else? Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
  • Michael Greer shares a six-minute video on the balance between responsibility and authority. Safe for work.

Enjoy!

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About Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including premises-based ERP solutions, like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise, and SaaS solutions, like Workday. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. He also holds the project management professional (PMP) designation, as well as professional designations in human resources (GPHR and SPHR) and in benefits administration (CEBS). In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.

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