New PM Articles for the Week of September 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 12 – 18. And this week’s video: applying insights and techniques derived from recent studies on multi-tasking and ego depletion to improve your productivity. Less than four minutes, safe for work. Tip of the hat to Harry Hall, who shared this.

Must read!

  • Henny Portman advocates for positioning Agile methods as changes to “business as usual,” rather than as changes to the way projects are run.
  • Robin Goldsmith describes the process of determining ROI by discovering the requirements that drive business value and quantifying the intangibles.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy lists six practical risk identification techniques that won’t go over the heads of your project team.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “The Conscious Project Leader,” by Colin Ellis.
  • Lawrence Putnam lays out the case for an enterprise estimation center of excellence.
  • Glen Alleman pulls together his best responses to common #NoEstimates ideas and assertions into a single post.
  • Jiwat Ram analyzes Project Management as a Service, and finds reasons to hesitate.
  • David Cotgreave shares some tips on how to get your IT project approved by the executive suite.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly compilation of new Agile content, from “dark Scrum” to mental models and three jobs for product managers.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Jeremy Willets on applying the introspective mindset to fine-tune the effectiveness of your coaching. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Debashish Ghosh examines the theory and practice of quality assurance in Agile methods.
  • Jake Rocheleau gives us a guided tour of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Get out in front on this, if you’re only compliant with the typical W3C standards.

Applied Leadership

  • Andrew Neitlich provides some pointers on managing the organizational politics that affect your project.
  • Coert Visser describes a strategy for positive communication, based on the reciprocity principle.
  • Liane Davey recommends an approach for preventing a meeting attendee from excessive participation in the conversation. You know: talking too much.
  • Art Petty decries the value-deficient leadership recently displayed at some organizations: win at all costs, ethics be damned. Don’t work for these people, ever.
  • Belle B. Cooper explains the mentoring relationship, why both parties benefit, and how to find your own mentee.
  • Seth Godin asserts that professionals will push back because they have standards.

Technology and Techniques

  • Alex Handy reports from the GitHub Universe conference that project management features are being added to the most widely-used source code management platform.
  • Jay Donovan reports on Kinetise, a platform that creates native apps for iOS and Android using a drag and drop interface. Enterprise “citizen developers” are creating their own apps!
  • Monica Yoo debunks three common myths about security in cloud applications and environments.
  • Bas de Baat gets us up to date on the potential application of AI pattern recognition techniques to some of the more routine project management tasks.

Working and the Workplace

  • Brendan Toner reviews MarginNote Pro, a fantastic iOS app for annotating PDF and eBook documents.
  • Karina Keith curates a list of tips to stay productive when working from home.
  • Suzanne Lucas lists nine gadgets everyone who works from home needs to invest in.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Alison Krauss and Union Station performing “Gravity” on Austin City Limits. I’m writing this in the kitchen of the house I left at 17, and this song just seemed to fit the mood.

Must read!

  • Pawel Brodzinski presents the case for empathy and respect as the core competencies for successful teams.
  • Michael Lopp provides a detailed tutorial on how to recruit the best people for your team. You just have to be willing to spend up to 50% of your time on it.
  • Mike Cohn asks (and explores a complex answer to): What is a product?

Established Methods

  • Olivier Cothenet lists ten “lies” common to failing projects reporting a green status.
  • Kerry Wills makes a point about reporting project status in the context of the associated milestones.
  • Mike Griffiths notes that the output of the certification process includes more than simply a certification.
  • Laura Barnard advocates taking an hour each day to reflect, plan, manage, and make progress on improving your productivity.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers shares his weekly Food for Thought Agile content round-up.
  • Dave Prior interviews Lyssa Adkins on the role of Agilists as agents of social revolution. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
  • Johanna Rothman describes three ways to size defect fixes.
  • Alex DiPasquale explains how the definition of done is the right place document compliance with the corporate software development life cycle.

Applied Leadership

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Bruce Harpham, who describes ways to make virtual work more productive. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lisette Sutherland tells us how to “take the temperature” of our virtual team. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy and Lynette Van Steinburg help us self-diagnose: am I the weakest link in my virtual team?
  • Ravindra Wankar shares some techniques for brainstorming with a remote team.
  • Art Petty points out a “pure” leadership model, practiced by those who lead in dangerous situations: first responders and warriors.
  • Suzanne Lucas explains why Millenials struggle as managers (because they’re young) and how they might become the best managers ever.

Technology and Techniques

  • Jon Pilkington explains the use case for combining self-service with self-service data preparation.
  • Adam Shostack contemplates the use of diagrams in software analysis for threat modeling.
  • Ryan Hewitt describes the “How Might We” technique for group brainstorming.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on the Perceptual Positions technique for understanding other points of view, as originated by John Grinder and Judith DeLozier.

Working and the Workplace

  • The Clever PM describes a strategy for how to spend your first 90 days as a product manager (or in any other role).
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews The Lazy Project Manager, Peter Taylor, for her “This Is How I Work” series.
  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on meeting management techniques.
  • Brendan Toner follows up his review of Todoist for Windows with a review of the $29 / year Android version.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 29 – September 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 29 – September 4. And this week’s video: Jennifer Witt explains the risk register and how it is used. Just 4 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Craig Kilford, owner of the new project management training review website CourseConductor. “Think of Course Conductor as TripAdvisorfor project management training industry.”
  • Derek Huether adds his thoughts to an old post by Zbyněk Dráb on why discipline is far more productive than motivation. Definitely read the original; it’s a classic!
  • Steven Levy shares an anecdote from the early days of Windows 3.0 in order to demonstrate the difference in perception between failure and progress. And then closes with an old video by Concrete Blonde.

Established Methods

  • Karthik Subburaman provides a detailed guide to business process metrics, from what to measure to best practices in implementation.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on how to create a work breakdown structure from a mind map.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through three examples of realistic project risks and how to manage them.
  • Harry Hall describes key risk indicators and explains how to use them to avoid risk events.
  • William Davis demonstrates an elegant way to use Excel’s binomial functions to estimate a risk reserve from your risk register.
  • John Goodpasture strategizes for the Risk Management Office that has to deal with (or report to) an autocrat.
  • Jeff Collins lists the steps to establishing “risk intelligence” in your organization. Think of it as a special case of business intelligence.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posted his roundup of Agile articles and blog posts.
  • Sujatha Tokala describes the activities and value of a one-week Sprint Zero.
  • The Clever PM extols the virtues of clarity: clarity of purpose and clarity of communication.
  • Tom McFarlin contemplates the pressures of meeting software development deadlines: the big pressure variable is quality.
  • Doug Thorpe reminds us that perfectionism is unattainable, and the relentless pursuit of perfection leads to burnout, not achievement.

Applied Leadership

  • Coert Visser encapsulates what researchers have found about when performance, behavioral, and learning goals are most effective.
  • Art Petty reflects on the value of experience in a business world where everything is changing. Maybe it’s not about doing the old things in the old way.
  • Kathleen O’Connor summarizes key points from “The Courage Solution,” by Mindy Mackenzie, based on a conversation with the author.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes that employees don’t care about leveraging the shared knowledge expressed in some collaboration tool as a corporate asset; they just want to get work done.
  • Adriana Girdler recommends we create a personal vision statement, and offers her own as an example.

Working and the Workplace

  • Gina Abudi explains four ways to advance your professional development.
  • Jennifer Zaino reviews statistics that show a startling decline in the number of women entering engineering and computer science.
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews Lindsay Scott on how she manages her daily routine, from schedule to devices to apps.
  • Ryan Ogilvie examines a potential career path for those working on the IT Service Desk, who don’t have technical aspirations.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Bjoern Zinnsmeister on staffing the startup – how to hire remote rock stars, track WIP, that sort of thing. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!