New PM Articles for the Week of October 13 – 19

Balloon Over the WallNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 13 – 19. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin defines two key terms – dependencies and constraints – and then provides guidelines on how to identify them.
  • Glen Alleman shares the notes from his recent presentation on using technical performance with earned value.
  • Michael Ipsaro argues that large procurements need to link acquisition life cycle management with a product team that can give them continuous feedback.
  • John Goodpasture takes his turn at debunking the #NoEstimates movement.
  • Donald Patti applies a different experience set to the often-quoted Standish Report project success rates.
  • William Forgrave gives us the executive summary of his new book, on applying lessons learned from the Monty Python films to project management.
  • Brad Egeland concludes his series on why project deadlines get missed, and how to get back on track.
  • Deb Krizmanich and Frank Erschen give us the short version of their white paper on a structured decision-making process.
  • Ron Rosenhead approves of the UK government’s plan for a national exercise of their ability to respond to Ebola, and asks how we’re testing our project roll-out?
  • Nick Pisano points out that Excel and Powerpoint are not good platforms for managing strategic data.
  • James Brown reminds us that no tool can be better than its content.

Agile Methods

  • Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan continue their series summarizing the requirements chapter of their textbook, “Introduction to Agile Methods.”
  • Molood Noori Alavijeh recommends we write our user stories with the same values that fiction writers use in crafting their stories.
  • David Anderson begins a series on when Kanban is appropriate approach for a specific workflow.

Leadership

  • Bruce Benson recounts an anecdote that illustrates the power of knowing when to, “not fight it.”
  • Kevin Lonergan approaches risk management from a leadership perspective, to get the maximum participation from the team.
  • Rob Saxon summarizes several critical leadership habits and behaviors, as espoused by great historical leaders.
  • Mike Griffiths links worker retention and productivity with leadership and compassion.
  • Lynda Bourne summarizes the evolution of ethics and maps the PMI Code of Conduct to several historical belief systems.
  • Patti Gilchrist has assembled a “how-to” list for those who aspire to be bad managers. And for those who aspire to be good
  • Gina Abudi notes that the key to managing change is helping employees get past the obstacles to embracing that change.
  • Adriana Girdler enumerates a few things we should never do when managing organizational change.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 6 – 12

Balloon SunriseNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 6 – 12. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman bemoans the abandonment of software engineering practices by so many who just want to sling code.
  • Patrick Weaver reminds us of the proper definition of critical path.
  • John Goodpasture starts with the flip of a coin, and proceeds give us the executive summary of statistical concepts for project managers.
  • Kerry Wills would rather have a newbie with a good attitude than a jerk with a lot of expertise.
  • Craig Brown shares an academic paper explaining how a “higher purpose” helped keep students motivated to perform tedious but necessary learning tasks.
  • Alina Vrabie explores the neuroscience of routine tasks, muscle memory, and the effective sort of multi-tasking.
  • Mary Shacklett identifies ten risks we might be overlooking in our IT projects.
  • Kailash Awati has a few recommendations for enterprise architects.
  • Bruce Harpham continues his series on strategic project management.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews a business book in story form by Samir Penskar called “From Projects to Programs.”
  • Dave Garrett interviews Mary Gorman on her creative techniques for eliciting requirements.
  • Bruce McGraw lists his tips for creating and processing your Email.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman shares a story of small internal releases leading to more frequent public releases, leading to happier customers.
  • Mike Cohn contrasts definitions of quality by Philip Crosby and Joseph Juran, and triggers a comment-storm!
  • Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan share a chapter on user stories from their new textbook, “Introduction to Agile Methods.”
  • Bart Gerardi continues his series on Agile anti-patterns, extending his look at the misuse of story points.
  • Manoj Khanna reviews the most common Agile metrics , and their significance.
  • Tobias Mayer channels Stella Adler in a group exercise exploring the XP principle of system metaphor.
  • Robert Galen offers some thoughts on the diagnosis and treatment of burnout.

Professional Development

  • Allen Ruddock deflates a number of myths around project management training.
  • Angela Guess posts the details of three upcoming CMMI Institute Data Management Maturity courses.
  • Susanne Madsen gives us the Venn diagram of management and leadership.
  • Coert Visser shares some new research: students who are told that they will have to explain the material to someone remember it better.
  • Linky van der Merwe covers the eligibility requirements for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner exam.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 29 – October 5

Two BalloonsNew project management articles published on the web during the week of September 29 – October 5. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman points out the judgment heuristics that introduce errors and biases in our discussions of the success rates of software projects.
  • Seth Godin notes the frustration some have with leaders who remain calm.
  • George Ellis reminds us that, as the leader, we should share credit but assume responsibility.
  • Bruce Benson finds additional lessons from the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange debacle.
  • Russell Whitworth describes the process of conducting a project health check. His agenda is well worth cribbing!
  • Gina Abudi tells of the importance of engaging all of the stakeholders – not just the ones with senior management titles.
  • Henny Portman describes an interesting one-page approach to communicating a program: the Program Canvas.
  • Latesha Goodman lists five collaboration tools increasingly in use a government agencies.
  • Lawrence Putnam identifies the ways in which estimates are refined throughout the project life cycle.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn has an excellent suggestion: add requests for additional documentation to the product backlog.
  • Venkatesh Krishnamurthy spoke at the Agile PM meet-up in Melbourne, about Craig Larman’s Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) framework.
  • Maxim Kur identifies a number of misperceptions, logical flaws, and of bad reasons for struggling with Agile methods.
  • Don Kim notes a disturbing trend: Agile is becoming more rigid!

Diversity

  • Johanna Rothman reflects on being told that she was “too abrasive, too direct, maybe even too assertive.”
  • Kieran Snyder reports on her survey of women who have left the tech industry – it’s the culture. Managers, if you aren’t driving the solution, you’re part of this problem!
  • John Goodpasture points out the difference between inclusion and tolerance.
  • Naomi Caietti announces the first e-book in a series, written by five Glass Breaking women in leadership positions.
  • Elizabeth Harrin created a video diary of the APM’s Women in Project Management Special Interest Group 21st Anniversary conference. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.

 Professional Development

  • Bruce Harpham begins a series on how project managers can learn and use the principles of strategy.
  • Matthew Wall reports on the impact of Big Data, gamification, and lexical analysis on selecting job applicants.
  • Henny Portman explains APMG’s new Agile Program Management framework and certification, apparently based on MSP.
  • Susanne Madsen explores the differences between management and leadership.
  • Michael Wood details the abilities and behavior traits required to become a successful, even great project manager.
  • Coert Visser reviews “The Marshmallow Test,” by Walter Mischel. “Willpower is not a predetermined and fixed characteristic of people but a learnable skill.”
  • Suzanne Lucas shares three management lessons learned at a Turkish wedding.

Enjoy!