New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 16 – 22. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Michel Dion advocates for informal communication, as 75% or more of the communication on a project.
Sreenivas Kunapuli describes what might be the first new contract type in decades: the pre-paid staffing model.
Paul Ritchie points out the value of a PMO in mergers and divestitures. Having been through more than a few myself, I agree completely. Established Methods
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Brett Harned on how his project teams use Slack as a communication platform.
Lindsey Patterson reviews the technology and techniques available for maintaining communications with team members working away from the office.
Gina Abudi tells how to handle that rare problem of an overly-engaged project sponsor.
Wanda Curlee briefs us on this year’s PMO symposium in Phoenix, from the perspective of a portfolio manager.
Adam Shostack finds new information security wisdom in a relatively old book: Henry Petroski’s “The Evolution of Useful Things.”
Dave Wakeman explains how to mix innovation in with a structured approach to project management.
Jeff Collins details the steps to close out a project.
Kerry Wills says that action items need a date, so he schedules a meeting to get an update from the person assigned to the action. Agile Methods
Mike Cohn says there is value in the work not assigned. It gives people a chance to step up and lead.
Glen Alleman shares an incredibly long Agile-at-Scale reading list.
Johanna Rothman begins a series: how long are your Scrum iterations?
Bruce Harpham provides a quick introduction to user stories, as a mechanism for identifying requirements.
Derek Huether on choosing an Agile framework: “Look for a framework that looks like a potential organizational end-state.” Applied Leadership
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jack Ferraro on his paper, “Measure Twice, Change Once: Practical Strategies for Change Management.” Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Clayton summarizes recent research into resistance to change.
Colin Ellis says the best thing about project management is “Knowing that you brought a team of people together and collectively created something special.”
Coert Visser observes that letting go of our limiting beliefs is necessary in order to play a positive role in the world.
John Goodpasture has some advice for the introvert attending a conference.
Elise Stevens interviews John Hinwood on stress addiction: “Stress acts in the same brain regions as other addictive substances.” Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 9 – 15. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Danny Sullivan shares what he learned when Google invited him to an event for journalists on how machines learn. No calculus required at this level.
Claudia Hammond summarizes recent research into dreaming and daydreaming. Apparently, the resting brain is a busy organ.
Coert Visser explains the difference in motivation between doing what you find interesting and doing what you feel is important. Established Methods
Harry Hall covers the basics of preparing a project risk management plan.
Mike Clayton is proposing a stakeholder engagement management maturity model.
Todd Williams points out the gap between project managers and executive sponsors, and explains how to bridge it.
Michel Dion reviews Cesar Abeid’s new book, “Project Management for You.”
Chris Winfield explains how the Pomodoro technique changed not only his work week but his approach to life.
Ryan Ogilvie describes the components of a release management process, from his perspective as an operations governance expert. It ain’t just about the software…
Ciara McCarthy shows how to configure Sharepoint for Red-Amber-Green reporting.
Allen Ruddock exposes the basics of managing internal and external dependencies.
Glen Alleman lists the Immutable Laws of Software Development. Count the number of times he uses the word “margin.” Agile Methods
Mike Griffiths explains two related concepts: cost of change, and technical debt. This level of rigor is what separates the software engineers from the coders.
Soma Bhattacharya reviews “The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile,” by Charles Cobb.
Ajay Reddy summarizes Klaus Leopold’s metaphor of “flight levels,” and how they apply to scaling Scrumban.
Samantha Webb shares five best practices for distributed Scrum teams.
Mike Cohn makes the case for empowering everyone on the team to add items to the product backlog. As long as the product owner manages the list!
Derek Huether: ”Nobody outside the team cares about the tasks and the hours associated with them. Nobody is keeping score.” It’s about outcomes. Applied Leadership
Art Petty wants you to understand how to assess power and politics in your organization, so he’s prepared a checklist.
John Goodpasture summarizes research that asserts pre-school classrooms are preparing our kids with the social skills necessary for the modern office.
Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Leading Effective Virtual Teams,” by Nancy Settle-Murphy. It sounds like Nancy decided to blog a book – bravo!
Liane Davies makes several critical points about how we establish and maintain trust. Podcasts and Videos
Dave Prior interviews Kathryn Kuhn on her presentation at Agile2015, on human-centered solutions using design thinking. Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Frank Parth on his PMI Global Congress presentation, “Successful Projects Depend on the Business.” Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
Jesse Fewell gives a quick summary of the changes to the PMI-ACP certification, effective this month. Just five minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 2 – 8. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Geoff Colvin examines the 21 st century Corporation, where human capital matters more than the means of production and intellectual capital is creating all of the wealth.
Brian Horowitz explains how dairy farmers in India are using RFID tags and sensors to feed Big Data applications that let them maximize milk production.
Dave Wakeman expresses the ROI of project managers and project management. As Dave says, it’s not about actions, it’s about outcomes. Established Methods
Federico Tomassetti tells us what software developers expect from a project manager. You can expand this to other technical subject matter experts.
Harry Hall uses an anecdote from a friend whose bedroom was invaded by fire ants to illustrate the nature of emerging risks.
Ken Martin covers the fundamentals of stakeholder management.
Marc Lacroix says that managing expectations is critical: just as you need to define “done,” you need to define “successful.”
Ken Burrell initiates the ”Campaign for Real Project Managers.” All you have to do is share your project management horror stories, using the tag #CAMRPM.
Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Visual Project Management,” by Paul R. Williams. It seems like a compendium of tools, rather than a methodology.
Moira Alexander shares some recommendations for managing a project portfolio for strategic alignment.
Andy Jordan sings the praises of checklists, for executive decision-making.
Nick Pisano advocates adoption of open databases and data structure definitions, as a way to avoid a technical marriage of inconvenience.
Michael Ipsaro lists some best practices and critical considerations for performing a cost-benefit analysis. Agile Methods
Cesar Abeid interviews solution architect Matt Stratton on DevOps. Just over an hour, safe for work.
Mike Cohn has some suggestions for hiring managers who need to interview prospective Scrum Masters.
Craig Smith interviews Peter Bell on managing software development, and his talk at Yow on using Git. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
Jesse Fewell says that Agile is the new normal, because it represents a moral imperative. Less than four minutes, safe for work. Applied Leadership
Susanne Madsen notes that our beliefs drive our attitudes, which drive our actions, which in turn drive the results we get.
Art Petty points out the leadership activities that equate to “getting your hands dirty.”
Penelope Trunk weaves together threads of disparate research findings into a fascinating collection of insights into human nature – useful if you happen to work with humans.
Dennis McCafferty shares a slide deck that explains what differentiates a world-class IT department from their peers.
Tom McFarlin provides some insights on his approach to public speaking.
Elise Stevens interviews chiropractor Judy Hinwood of the Stress Management Institute on how to manage good and bad stress. Just 23 minutes, safe for work.