New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Crazy Russian Hacker explains that we’ve been splitting firewood wrong all these years. “Safety is number one priority.” Spasibo, moy drug …
- Donald Charles Wynes suggests an interesting way to identify risks: pretend the project is over, and you’re trying to analyze why it failed.
- Mike Clayton recommends eight techniques for identifying risks. I especially like Brainwriting and Pre-Mortem.
- Andy Jordan points out another source of risk: a change in leadership.
- Harry Hall shares a checklist that should help you understand your project, which is the first step in managing it.
- Glen Alleman presents the Project Breathalyzer: should your project even be on the road?
- Women Testers has released the April edition of their quarterly online magazine.
- John Goodpasture contemplates managing schedule slack, based on a TED talk by Tim Urban on procrastination. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Simon Moore’s book, “Strategic Portfolio Management.”
- Elise Stevens interviews Emma Arnaz-Pemberton on how PMO’s can become trusted partners to the business. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
- Alistair Cockburn gives an excellent talk, “The Heart of Agile.” Just 50 minutes, safe for work.
- Joshua Taylor makes a good point: designers shouldn’t focus on code – they should focus on the business.
- Henny Portman returns from class with a nice summary of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.0.
- Emanuele Passera begins a series on Kanban, with a brief introduction to the terminology.
- Angela Wick explains the difference between use cases and user stories, and why you should use one or the other but not both.
- Sandeep Paudel posts a brief user story FAQ. Part one of two.
- Cameron Conaway gets a few ideas about vision from Patti Sanchez, Chief Strategy Officer at Duarte, Inc, a “visual storytelling company” in Silicon Valley.
- Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, explains why hiring is so much more difficult than you might expect.
- Liane Davey tells us how to deal with chronic complainers.
- Art Petty explains how to succeed in high-pressure conversations.
- Allen Ruddock contemplates the nature of motivation.
- Bruce Harpham gives us a comprehensive approach to winning that next promotion.
- Project Journal has rounded up 30 of the best interview questions to ask of applicants for a project management position.
- Derek Huether explains how to triage meeting requests.
- Thomas Carney summarizes six highly regarded productivity systems, and identifies roles that they might work best for (and not).
- Seth Godin makes the (quality) case for not using free software.