New PM Articles for the Week of November 9 – 15

Green Balloon AgainNew project management articles published on the web during the week of November 9 – 15. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Danny Sullivan shares what he learned when Google invited him to an event for journalists on how machines learn. No calculus required at this level.
  • Claudia Hammond summarizes recent research into dreaming and daydreaming. Apparently, the resting brain is a busy organ.
  • Coert Visser explains the difference in motivation between doing what you find interesting and doing what you feel is important.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall covers the basics of preparing a project risk management plan.
  • Mike Clayton is proposing a stakeholder engagement management maturity model.
  • Todd Williams points out the gap between project managers and executive sponsors, and explains how to bridge it.
  • Michel Dion reviews Cesar Abeid’s new book, “Project Management for You.”
  • Chris Winfield explains how the Pomodoro technique changed not only his work week but his approach to life.
  • Ryan Ogilvie describes the components of a release management process, from his perspective as an operations governance expert. It ain’t just about the software…
  • Ciara McCarthy shows how to configure Sharepoint for Red-Amber-Green reporting.
  • Allen Ruddock exposes the basics of managing internal and external dependencies.
  • Glen Alleman lists the Immutable Laws of Software Development. Count the number of times he uses the word “margin.”

Agile Methods

  • Mike Griffiths explains two related concepts: cost of change, and technical debt. This level of rigor is what separates the software engineers from the coders.
  • Soma Bhattacharya reviews “The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile,” by Charles Cobb.
  • Ajay Reddy summarizes Klaus Leopold’s metaphor of “flight levels,” and how they apply to scaling Scrumban.
  • Samantha Webb shares five best practices for distributed Scrum teams.
  • Mike Cohn makes the case for empowering everyone on the team to add items to the product backlog. As long as the product owner manages the list!
  • Derek Huether: ”Nobody outside the team cares about the tasks and the hours associated with them. Nobody is keeping score.” It’s about outcomes.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty wants you to understand how to assess power and politics in your organization, so he’s prepared a checklist.
  • John Goodpasture summarizes research that asserts pre-school classrooms are preparing our kids with the social skills necessary for the modern office.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Leading Effective Virtual Teams,” by Nancy Settle-Murphy. It sounds like Nancy decided to blog a book – bravo!
  • Liane Davies makes several critical points about how we establish and maintain trust.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Dave Prior interviews Kathryn Kuhn on her presentation at Agile2015, on human-centered solutions using design thinking. Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Frank Parth on his PMI Global Congress presentation, “Successful Projects Depend on the Business.” Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jesse Fewell gives a quick summary of the changes to the PMI-ACP certification, effective this month. Just five minutes, safe for work.


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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. 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.

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