New PM Articles for the Week of March 16 – 22

Green BalloonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 16 – 22. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Mike Griffiths rounds up a number of high-profile projects from the last few decades, and considers whether they or not they were successful.
  • Jason Bloomberg gives us an overview of cognitive computing, from the perspective of how it can deliver value.
  • Tony Adams quotes Friedrich Neitzsche on why people don’t want to hear the truth, and explains how to deliver bad news, anyway.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Michel Dion on his new book, “The Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers.”
  • Rich Maltzman notes the growing interest in sustainability as a project success metric.
  • Bruce Harpham shares a few thoughts (and some research) on improving quality.
  • Nick Pisano continues our dialog on mining information from mountains of project management data, with a look at the influence of software packages on opinions.
  • Brad Egeland has some thoughts on what you need to be successful as a remote project manager.
  • Jerry Johns takes an applied physics approach to keeping his project in balance.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, expound on the virtues of looking in the direction we want to go.
  • Steven Levy uses a picture of a man on a bicycle pursued by bear as a jumping-off point for a rumination on project management as a team sport.
  • Michel Dion provides a tutorial on how to talk with senior management.
  • Henny Portman reviews a new book by Hannan, Müller, and Robinson, “The CIO’s Guide to Breakthrough Project Portfolio Performance.”
  • Ryan Ogilvie gets practical, with customer service survey questions that need fine-tuning.

Agile Methods

  • Glen Alleman analyzes Jim Benson’s five estimating pathologies and suggests some corrective actions.
  • Neil Killick recaps the five estimating pathologies listed by Jim Benson, and adds a fifth – accepting the request without asking any questions.
  • Mahfoud Amiour prroposes a new Agile metric: SPOC, or story point cost.

 Soft Skills

  • Hendrie Weisinger continues his series of articles based on his new book, “Performing Under Pressure,” with a look at the positive effects of enthusiasm.
  • Michael Smith on hiring coders: “85% of a programmer’s success is due to human factors rather than pure technical skills.”
  • Suzanne Lucas notes that leaders set the pace with their example, and by communicating clear expectations.
  • Dan Furlong explores the elusive notion of “presence,” and shows why it’s important.
  • Sandy Geroux explains the difference between being accountable and taking ownership.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Doug Hong on his seven free tutorials for managing projects with Microsoft Excel. Just 27 minutes, safe for work, and highly recommended.
  • Jacob Morgan interviews Rich Carpenter on the intersection of the industrial internet, data science, and the future of work. One hour, safe for work.
  • Renee and Craig interview Henrik Kniberg at Scum Australia, where he delivered the keynote. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.


2 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of March 16 – 22

  1. Hi Dave,

    I was an avid subscriber to your email with selected PM articles from around the world however I have decided to unsubscribe. As the Planning Manager and Agile Coach for a large multinational I found them quite useful but that usefulness has declined.

    I am not sure if you would be interested in the reasons why but I thought I would drop them here in case you were.

    The anti-agile bias in your selection of posts is atrocious. Each week I open up the email to find yet another series of blog posts attacking every aspect of (any) of the methodologies under the Agile umbrella.

    If it is not story-points it is attitudes, if it is not attitudes it is delivery. It is actually quite tiresome and more to the point it flies in the face of overwhelming empirical evidence that some agile methods work for some companies. A frequent poster you link to just published an article saying that “Not one single Agile project has ever started with the Definition of Done in mind. Not one.”

    ^^ How can you be promoting such rubbish?

    Thanks for the emails thus far and good luck in the future.



  2. Hi, Steve. Thanks for taking the time to explain your position. I try to get a variety of points of view each week. I frequently link to Scrum trainers and Agile coaches, like Mike Griffiths and Peter Saddington, as well as traditionalists like Glen Alleman and Harry Hall, in order to keep the practitioners aware of a broad range of developments. While I dispute the #NoEstimates crowds claims, I link to posts from Neil Killick and other advocates because I figure anyone in this line of work should be willing to question their own assumptions.

    If you see an article or blog post you think should be in the list, drop me an EMail, or stop by and leave a comment like this, to let folks know what they missed. I follow Townes Van Zandt’s advice: “Forget most, remember some, but don’t turn none away.”

    Peace be with you.

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