New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 4 – 10. Recommended:
- Bruce Harpham shares part of his reading list from the last year, and urges us to make reading a key part of our professional development program in 2016.
- Bob Tarne has been reading “Change by Design,” by Tim Brown. He’s found some interesting insights on the nature of constraints: feasibility, viability, and desirability.
- Gurjeet Singh gives us some background on machine learning: what it is, what it can do, and what we should expect for the next few years.
- Michel Dion notes that not every project is an IT project, even when they involve software.
- Deb Schaffer starts every project with the same question: “What does project success look like?”
- Johanna Rothman questions the value of certifications and credentials in hiring.
- Steve Olson extracts project management insights from his long experience in contract management.
- Brad Rach points out a source of risk we might not have considered: the project manager.
- Nancy Settle-Murphy shares some techniques for establishing a compelling presence in conference calls, where they can’t see your body language.
- Mario Trentim has prepared a list of questions to ask for those organizations that want to start a PMO.
- Tim Wasserman looks into the causes and effects of the gap between organizational strategy and executing on that strategy.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Peter Monkhouse on preventing failure by communicating based on how the project fits into the organization strategy. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
- The Clever PM reviews the twelve guiding principles listed in the Agile Manifesto.
- Jonathan Schneider presents two scenarios for Agile transformation: one based on compliance, and one based on empowering teams in a pilot.
- John Gilroy interviews Jesse Fewell on how Agile methods are being adopted by U.S. federal government agencies. Just 42 minutes, safe for work.
- Tom McFarlin recommends a pragmatic approach: don’t over-engineer your solutions.
- Angela Wick brings a business analyst’s eye to Agile methods.
- Gurpreet Singh presents an interesting metaphor for leadership: The Listening Tree.
- Mike Clayton tutors us on influence and persuasion, including a list of persuasion tactics from his book, “How to Influence in Any Situation.”
- Art Petty suggests we start a business revolution – by fighting corporate bureaucracy to eliminate obstacles.
- Susanne Madsen coaches us on how to handle a demanding workload, by sharing it.
- Lynda Bourne points out the signs that a project manager is on the path to becoming a great team leader.
Trends and the New Year
- Elizabeth Harrin identified five habits to kick in 2016.
- Tony Bradley explains how machine learning will drive the evolution of DevOps.
- James Kobielus identifies the top trends in cognitive analytics.