New PM Articles for the Week of September 14 – 20

Orange CountyNew project management articles published on the web during the week of September 14 – 20. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Kathleen O’Connor interviews Chris Krebs, a social science researcher, on an experiment in fostering innovation in higher education called “The Creative Disruptors.”
  • Adrian Fittolani details the Monte Carlo approach to prepare a distribution of likely project durations, based on a relatively small number of samples.
  • William Davis introduces us to Statistical PERT, a technique for creating estimates using Excel.

Established Methods

  • Glen Alleman notes that an understanding of system intangibles is required in order to decompose the work needed to create it.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Christian Kotzbauer, Managing Director of Genius Project, on the future of project management software.
  • Bruce Harpham gives us the background and best practices for leading virtual teams.
  • John Goodpasture reviews General Stanley McChrystal’s new book, “Team of Teams.”
  • Gina Abudi lists three quick bullet points that can improve how you negotiate with others.
  • Kerry Wills explains the notion of “watermelon” status reporting: green on the outside, red on the inside.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman started a series on balancing resource utilization and workflow efficiency. Here are parts two and three; more are on the way.
  • Michael Smith shares some tips on scaling a software development team, gleaned from
  • Bernd Schiffer arms us with 17 questions and 8 techniques for use in a Sprint review.
  • Pedro Gustavo Torres explains pair programming, and shares some best practices.

IT Management

  • Deloitte CIO Journal has an interesting article on preparing for crisis, as opposed to disaster. It’s not just about natural events, but “nefarious acts.”
  • Janice Blake details the key considerations when contracting for software as a service (SaaS) projects.
  • Ron Rosenhead recommends a UK government report from the National Audit Office with some interesting insights into what predicts project success.

Work Isn’t a Place You Go

  • Liane Davey reviews stress: being aware of the impact and dealing with the causes.
  • Emma Bracy give us the short science explanation for why we need to unplug from our hyper-connected routine.
  • Peter Saddington notes that we need manage the time we spend learning and experimenting, in light of our limitations.
  • Karina Keith rounds up three blog posts that make the business case for taking a nap. I’m elderly – I don’t need no stinkin’ business case …

Podcasts and Videos

  • Craig Smith interviews Jeff Patton, author of “User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product.” Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harry Hall reviews his recommendations for creating accurate project estimates. Just 2 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ruairi O’Donnellan shares a list of six TED Talks relevant for project managers. Excellent stuff!
  • Kamal Ahmed interviews Demis Hassabis, head of Google’s machine learning business. Just two minutes, safe for work, plus some text not included in the video.


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About Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. 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.