New PM Articles for the Week of December 28 – January 3

Happy New Year! New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 28 – January 3. You have an extra day this year, so make the most of it. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Michael Lopp does some soul-searching on retaining talent, and how leaders start people on the path out the door, usually without even noticing.
  • Bruce Harpham distinguishes between habit goals and outcome goals, and provides resources to develop and pursue both types.
  • Now that you understand habit goals, the staff at Fast Company summarize ten habits to adopt, in order to be better at your job.

Established Methods

  • Brad Rach compiled some best practices for “project health reports.” This has more immediacy than a “status report.”
  • Pat Weaver recaps the U.S. Government Accounting Office’s “Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project Schedules.”
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares an infographic on project manager salaries in the U.S. for the past year.
  • Glen Alleman explains the Bayesian approach to estimating.
  • John Brasuell points out the pitfalls to avoid when implementing project management software.
  • Harry Hall relates an anecdote that demonstrates the consequences of risk management.
  • Todd Williams says that the organization’s goal should not be to be good at recovering a failed project, but preventing failure from happening.
  • Ruairi O’Donnellan copies us on the worst advice on tracking project status he’s ever heard.
  • John Goodpasture reminds us of the balance sheet view of employees: you’re either an asset or a liability.

Agile Methods

  • Reuben Salisbury tells how his team experimented with group presentations during Sprint planning.
  • Tom McFarlin reflects on a basic Agile tenet: “Ship fast and iterate.” There needs to be more to it than just a fast pace.
  • Garnet Masenda explains why current requirements matter more than future requirements, and past requirements may no longer matter at all.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty had a busy week of writing about leadership and management. He recaps five(!) articles, with links – start with the bottom of the list and work your way up.
  • Patti Gilchrist reflects on the most valuable career advice she’s received, passing it along with her observations and experience.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Neal Whitten on “achieving the elusive work-life balance.” Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
  • Margaret Meloni addresses the necessary art of disciplining team members.

Retrospectives and the New Year

  • Henny Portman reviewed 31 books on a variety of topics we care about in 2015. In case you missed one, here’s his list, with links to the reviews.
  • Diane Stott lists the top ten articles from BA Times from 2015.
  • Elise Stevens shares a list of her favorite posts on other blogs from 2015.
  • Ryan Ogilvie resisted doing a “New Year’s Resolution”” list, but came up with a few things that seem well worth doing.


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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.