New PM Articles for the Week of December 29 – January 4

Happy 2015New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 29 – January 4. Wait, it’s 2015? Happy New Year!

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman elegantly explains why a project needs both a budget and on-going estimates of cost to complete, in order to be in control.
  • John Goodpasture breaks down the “big three” of portfolio management – sequence, value, and risk – as the essence of planning to maximize value.
  • Bruce Benson parallels personal financial planning assumptions with the assumptions we use in planning our projects.
  • Adriana Girdler has some thoughts on how to sustain that new change initiative.
  • Gina Abudi explains how a team-building exercise works, when your team is spread across the globe.
  • Harry Hall builds on his recent post about asking the right questions, with some examples of what, why, and how.
  • Russell Whitworth urges us to distinguish between the essential and the merely important.
  • Lynda Bourne provides a few techniques for fine-tuning your bullshit detector. Yup, she even has a no-bullshit road sign, which I envy to no end.
  • Kenneth Darter coaches us on how to communicate changes on our project.
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews Elizabeth Harrin about her new e-coaching service.

Agile Methods

  • Pawel Brodzinski proposes an alternative to Minimum Viable Product: he calls it Minimum Indispensable Feature Set.
  • Don Kim predicts that 2015 will see us using the term “Agile” less frequently, as Agile methods become the norm.
  • Terry Bunio notes the resemblance between the Agile Movement, which is now in its teen years, and actual teenagers. Hilarious …
  • Johanna Rothman shares a recent coaching experience, as a lead-in to the new Influential Agile Leader training that she and Gil Broza will deliver this year.
  • Alex Lu-Pon points out the use of Agile methods in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.”
  • Sumit Sharma details the Definition of Ready for a user story.

Looking Ahead

  • Cheri Baker thinks the best part of January 1st is the attitude that we are empowered to make adjustments to our behavior.
  • Michel Dion asks us, what will you stop doing in 2015, in order to have the time to achieve your goals?
  • Elizabeth Harrin lists some specific actions to take at work, in order to get organized for 2015.
  • Andy Jordan looks ahead, with a few concerns about how the project management profession is evolving. But, just a few.
  • Robert Vamosi reports that the Internet of Things is now sneaking into our socks. No, he’s not kidding.
  • Scott Berkun relates how he learned to concentrate with advice in a book from Larry Bird.