New PM Articles for the Week of September 22 – 28

SightseersNew project management articles published on the web during the week of September 22 – 28. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Tad VanderVorste lays out a detailed approach to managing the development of integrations between systems that consume each other’s data.
  • Cindy Wilkins articulates the content and value proposition of a contract management plan, for you government folks.
  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes a presentation on how Glaxo Smith-Kline adopted and then refined their portfolio and project management tool.
  • Barry Otterholt extols the virtues of milestones, from the perspective of the project sponsor.
  • Allen Ruddock tells of how he got from pencil and paper to EverNote, and how he’s using it to manage the information his project generates.
  • Glen Alleman notes that making complex choices in the absence of all desired information requires some estimates to fill in the gaps.
  • Aaron Smith interviews Leslie Pratch on her use of personality assessments to identify what she has found to be a crucial leadership quality – active coping.
  • Coert Visser identifies the two factors that enable growth: a growth mindset, powered by autonomous motivation.
  • Peter Saddington explains the power of affinity, which consists of three core elements: leadership, environment, and culture.
  • Laura Burford tells how to bond with your project sponsor.
  • Kerry Wills lists his techniques for dealing with difficult people.
  • Andy Jordan considers the costs associated with the “new normal” of excessive workload and long hours.

Agile Methods

  • Don Kim introduces us to the notion of Anti-FrAgile, as “introducing targeted disruptive shocks, which are enough to induce and promote growth and innovation.” Without killing the patient!
  • Johanna Rothman describes an experiment for organizations that have people segregated into component teams to collaborate on one backlog.
  • Mike Cohn shares a lesson learned from a user story that he wrote, which didn’t get the desired result.
  • Peter Saddington shares an Email describing an appallingly bad start to a software project.

Following the Trends

  • Kevin Coleman identifies five emerging technologies (OK, a couple of them are trends) that will soon appear in our project charters.
  • Duncan Haughey lists five project management trends already changing the way we do business.
  • Conner Forrest introduces the terminology, characteristics, and value model of Big Data.
  • Jelani Harper breaks down the science of data management, expressed by CMMI in their Data Management Maturity model.

Professional Development

  • Cesar Abeid introduces a new series of interview podcasts in support of his new book, “Project Management for You.” Just ten minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture shares some excellent advice on public speaking.
  • Cheri Baker recounts an anecdote on the importance of eye contact, as a way to communicate respect.
  • Liz Staplefoote shares some statistics on the IT hiring situation. Key statistic: the unemployment for people with IT experience is around 3%.
  • Suzanne Lucas gives us some pointers on refreshing our resumes (even if we’re not looking for a job right now).

Enjoy!