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. 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.

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