New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 21 – 27. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Rich Maltzman reports on some notable progress in achieving a shift to sustainability, by multi-national corporations. Start 2016 with green eyes!
- Matthew Heusser interviews Tara Nicholson on IT program and project management at Scripps Network, home of HGTV and other lifestyle media outlets. Ask This Old House is Agile?
- Penelope Trunk summarizes research into negotiating strategies. Lots of links, so be prepared to Pocket them for later. You use Pocket, right?
- Bruce Harpham interviews Joanne Hohenadel, senior project manager at University Health Network in Toronto. They won the 2015 PMI Award for Project Excellence – North America.
- Dave Prior interviews Shane Hastie, John D. Cook, and Troy Magennis on a range of Agile and project management topics. Just 42 minutes, safe for work.
- Wanda Curlee uses concentric circle diagrams to illustrate a portfolio management decision. Excellent – simple graphics that clearly show a complex comparison!
- Glen Alleman: “Like value, waste is rarely defined by those performing the work. It’s defined by those paying for the work.”
- Jeff Collins provides executive-level input to the activity of reducing risk to projects.
- Mark Lukens makes the case for incremental improvements as less destabilizing than huge, sweeping initiatives.
- Robert Charette shares a lesson learned from pulling together a report on a decade’s worth of failed projects: We don’t do post-mortems very well.
- Ryan Ogilvie uses an Indiana Jones metaphor to point out that root cause analysis isn’t all that’s required to get to a solution.
- Thomas Carney covers the state of the art in cross-browser testing.
- Dmitri Khanine continues his series on moving from gathering requirements to user experience engineering.
- Mike Griffiths not only updated his PMI-ACP Exam Prep book, he updated the sample test questions. Here, he shares 20 of them.
- Johanna Rothman is asking for reader input before updating her book, “Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase your capacity and finish more projects.”
- Judith Mary Khan lists nearly two dozen things to not do when moving to Agile methods.
- Vishal Venkatesan outlines how they scaled Agile at Spotify.
- Renee, Tony, and Craig get together for a wide-ranging discussion on Agile in Australia, Etsy, Feedly, Sanjiv Augustine’s new book, and much more. Just over an hour, safe for work.
- Art Petty reminds us that results are not directly related to effort.
- Seth Godin notes that exceptional results come from abandoning the need for the approval of our peers. Try not to think of Donald Trump when you read that …
- Michael Lopp opens up the draft “Management Glossary” for the forthcoming third edition of Managing Humans.
- Bertrand Duperrin opens a discussion of employee experience, the consumerization of worklife, engagement, and productivity. Yes, “the employee as a customer” is a thing.
- Betcher Robert says that we can reduce the number of code defects by 50%, by holding developers and the business accountable.