New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Ed Deci’s TED Talk on controlled motivation and autonomous motivation. Ed is the co-developer of the self-determination theory, which suggests that we should create conditions under which people can motivate themselves. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
- Johanna Rothman presents the case for and against estimates, in parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. This series should be sufficient justification for you to follow her blogs.
- Nick Statt reports on Microsoft’s new project management app for Office 365, called Planner. Not a replacement for Project, but a collaboration and planning tool.
- Brad Egeland provides one-page summaries for twelve project management, collaboration, and portfolio management software products.
- Elizabeth Harrin collected insights from six PM’s on how they manage multiple simultaneous projects.
- Pat Weaver looks into those cases where the critical path includes task dependencies other than Finish-to-Start links.
- Clark Wimberly notes that proper preparation is required for a kick-off meeting which will pay dividends throughout the project.
- Henny Portman reviews “PPM! Manage Your Organization Masterfully with Project portfolio Management.”
- Cameron Conaway interviews Robin Kwong, Special Projects Editor at the Financial Times, who find clarity by beginning each project with the same question: What’s it for?
- Kenneth Ashe explains how to create and use an Issues Log.
- Rob England proposed two deliberately conflicting principles to guide a DevOps transformation, in order to create a dynamic tension. Which is how the world works, right?
- Dave Prior notes the untimely passing of Agile leading light Jean Tabaka by pulling two interviews from his archives. A total of 42 minutes, safe for work. She will be sorely missed.
- Saumya Nigam explains estimation using story points.
- Faisal Ansari uses the INVEST model to determine whether backlog items are well written, as the first step in splitting them into smaller stories.
- Emanuele Passera continues his introduction to Kanban series with part 2.
- Tom McFarlin considers Reid Hoffman’s quote, “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, then you’ve launched too late.”
- Tami Flowers describes using Lean/ Agile methods to establish a data governance organization framework.
- Bob Tarne explains the concept of “ready ready.” It’s where you need to begin in order to get to “done done.” You can say that again …
- Suresh MK uses events from the life of Nelson Mandela to illustrate John Kotter’s eight-stage process of creating major change.
- Kathleen O’Connor interviews Bart Engal on his book, “Leading Through Language: choosing Words that Influence and Inspire.”
- Lysette Sutherland interviews Dave Hecker on effectively managing geographically distributed software development teams. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
- Elise Stevens interviews Gillian Klette on what to do when your project team hates each other. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
- David Manheim looks at complexity, reification, Goodhart’s Law, and why measurement is hard. So is spelling reification.
- Travis Bradberry explains why you should work for 52 minutes, then take a break for 17 minutes. Got your timer ready?
- Abby Wolfe shares an infographic on the high-impact LinkedIn profile updates you should make when job-hunting.
- Seth Godin suggests we talk slowly, because “um” doesn’t add as much value as silence.