- Seth Godin takes a systems-level view of the cost of panic. “Systems under severe stress degrade.” I don’t care what else you do today, read this.
- Lynda Bourne gives an overview of the Salience Model of stakeholder assessment, which balances power, urgency, and legitimacy.
- Coert Visser confirms what parents of teenagers have long suspected: demanding compliance is counter-productive.
PM Best Practices
- Elizabeth Harrin shares a graphic prepared by the KeyedIn Projects blog team, after a recent chat. If the Boss’s hair were more pointy, it would be a Dilbert cartoon.
- Glen Alleman ties together some of the thoughts in his recent posts on making decisions in the presence of uncertainty.
- John Goodpasture conducts a cost / benefit analysis of a new insurance product, and when it makes sense to transfer risk.
- Harry Hall lists some of the ways we fail to ensure our projects meet quality requirements.
- Wanda Curlee considers ways in which the CEO can use portfolio management to drive the organization in a desired direction.
- Johanna Rothman presents an example of how to present your personal workload as a response to add to your queue.
- Ryan Ogilvie conducts an analysis of comments posted to a problem management product website, and uncovers some trends.
- Dan Furlong concludes his series on preparing for and facilitating meetings.
- Charmaine Richman lists some guidelines for preparing and conducting conference calls.
- Projects At Work shares the results of the ninth annual State of Agile survey from VersionOne.
- Emanuele Passera gets us ready for swimming season, with a demonstration of how to use story points for estimation.
- Mike Cohn notes that transparency is the ideal when sharing details from a retrospective, but there are legitimate exceptions.
- Jesse Fewell shares his retrospective from his first full year as an independent Agile coach and trainer.
- Deepak Joshi identifies roadblocks to building cross-functional teams.
- Michael Lopp identifies two leadership strengths that are more common in introverts.
- Bruce Harpham reviews the most basic, most effective, and most frequently overlooked behavioral motivator – showing appreciation.
- Michel Dion reviews Susanne Madsen’s book, “The Power of Project Leadership.”
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews engineering-and-hard-science project management master Glen Alleman. Just over an hour, worth every minutes, and safe for work.
- Sven Johann and Eberhard Wolff define technical debt and discuss alternative approaches to managing it. Just 57 minutes, safe for work.