New PM Articles for the Week of July 14 – 20

Garden picksNew project management articles published on the web during the week of July 14 – 20. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Oleksandr Drozd shares a graphic on increasingly distributed teams, and some best practices for managing geographically distributed project teams.
  • Gina Abudi addresses the things we can do to facilitate decision making by members of our project team.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reports from the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit, on a case study of a rollout of Microsoft solutions presented by Gérald Morin and a panel discussion on PPM.
  • Cecily Dennis and Dan Meers outline their process to develop data quality metrics, rapidly and repeatably.
  • Johanna Rothman has an article published in a new, on-line quarterly called “Women Testers.” It looks like it will be an excellent resource.
  • Nick Pisano gives us the benefit of his long experience with contract negotiations, in the form of critical success factors and an illustrative anecdote.
  • Bassam Zarkout gives an excellent overview of the relationship between reactive e-discovery and proactive information governance.
  • Calen Legaspi explores the productivity impact of accumulating technical debt.
  • Andreas Eisele looks at technical debt with a project manager’s eye, and sees four viable approaches to preserving maintainability.
  • John Reiling asks the rhetorical question, why is a PMO needed?

Agile Methods

  • Neil Killick shares his heuristic for “slicing” work into granular chunks, to facilitate collection of empirical data to support forecasting.
  • Mike Cohn suggests we simplify ordering our backlog with just two priorities: “now” and “not now.”
  • Andrea Brockmeier advocates for the daily standup, from a project manager’s perspective.

The Limits of Agility

  • Glen Alleman points out the problem with incremental delivery, when the customer can’t derive value from the interim releases.
  • Shim Marom sees a potential down side to the embrace of late changes inherent in Agile methods.
  • Tushar Patel notes that Agile development presents problems for project managers, who still have responsibilities to stakeholders outside the team.

Professional Development

  • Cheri Baker proposes a structure for ethical behavior in leaders and managers.
  • Mariel Norton explores the impact of body language in meetings.
  • Lindsay Scott explains how “impression management” applies in job interviews. Note that interviewers are trying to manage their impression of you, too!
  • Jen Skrabak sees the increasingly common chief strategy officer as a potential career opportunity for portfolio managers.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Liz Pearce, CEO of project management software house LiquidPlanner. Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Wayne Turmel, who says we need to meet like we mean it. Just 36 minutes, safe for work.
  • Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley share a Green IT webinar. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Melanie Franklin on her new book, presenting an Agile framework for planning and implementing change. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Margaret Meloni provides some techniques for procrastinators. If you don’t click on this link right away, I’m sure she’ll understand.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 7 – 13

Picking CherriesNew project management articles published on the web during the week of July 7 – 13. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:

Risk Management

  • Craig Brown observes the effect that the company’s financial performance has on how we manage change.
  • Adam Stone reports on efforts to secure the energy grid from malicious mischief. Or even acts of war.
  • Gina Abudi suggests we consider the challenges of cultural diversity on geographically distributed teams in terms of risks we need to manage.

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman notes that the Minimum Viable Product mindset, popular in certain product development circles, doesn’t consider enterprise business needs.
  • Nick Heath reports on some of the imbedded system prototypes and single-function servers built using the $35 Raspberry Pi Linux computer.
  • Andy Jordan describes his vision of an enterprise PMO, with a number of support structures to provide guidance throughout the organization.
  • Nick Pisano replies to my recent post on defining project success, centered on disruptive change and the potential impact of change management.
  • Lynda Bourne explains stakeholder theory, as conceived by Ed Freeman. The ethics component matters deeply!
  • Suzanne Lucas recently saw an article on bad parenting behaviors by a British nanny; Suzanne interprets the same behaviors as bad management.
  • Bart Gerardi enumerates the costs of scope and requirements changes on the project, and on the team.
  • Cheri Baker has been experimenting again. This time: co-working! Also known as, “Working in an open space with other people around.” Well, maybe not …
  • Kerry Wills objects to long Emails, for many reasons. For one thing, they’re … long.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn suggests we select backlog items that will serve an additional purpose – like risk management, or the chance for the team to learn.
  • Henny Portman shares the white paper (in English) synopsis of his recent book (in Dutch) on managing Agile projects, using Atern.
  • Donna Reed considers a range of metrics for measuring the success of an Agile project manager.
  • Vandana Roy considers the merits of Scrum and Kanban, and which one would prevail in a fight. No, not really …

Professional Development

  • Elizabeth Harrin extracts some key points from “Business Networking,” by Will Kintish, to explain why you must network.
  • Penelope Trunk explains why keeping you options open leads to failure; only full commitment succeeds!
  • Lyndsey Gilpin trots out some statistics on the state of women in technology. If you’re a people manager, you have a chance to help shape a better future.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Jonathan Creaghan on why we just make stuff up, more or less. Just 40 minutes, safe for work. I’m not making this up …
  • Samad Aidane share a four part video version of his “ERP Projects: The Complete Survival Manual.” Each part is about 11 minutes, and all are safe for work.
  • Craig Smith interviews Alan Bustamante on conflict resolution and starting Xcelerate Partners, as well as all things Agile.  Just 36 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 30 – July 6

Gathering ClamsNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 30 – July 6. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:

Risk Management

  • Andy Jordan consider the decision whether to manage risks at the program level or push them down to the project level.
  • Nittin Mittal identifies the top eight risks in Agile projects.
  • Matthew Squair prepared a hazard checklist for a course he was teaching, and decided to share it with us. It’s an interesting list of risk sources!
  • Ron Rosenhead asked the class in one of his project management courses what goes wrong in their projects. Yup, more sources of risk!

PM Best Practices

  • Pawel Brodzinski challenges the default option of “grow” with an alternative: preserve the culture.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “The Presentation Book,” by Emma Ledden.
  • Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews continue their series on the Occasional PM, with a look at three types of projects they are likely to encounter.
  • Glen Alleman reminds us that the ability to release software faster than the business operating rhythm will allow the changes to be absorbed is not very valuable.
  • Johanna Rothman recounts a story of her encounter with a manager who discouraged his people from bringing him problems.
  • Martin Webster continues his series on leadership models with a detour into motivation theories, and John Adair’s Action Centered Leadership model.
  • Brett Beaubouef suggests that we should earn the right to challenge the requirements we elicit from our customers.
  • Chuck Morton continues his series on deconstructing project management with a look at the nature of program management.

Agile Methods

  • Bob Tarne notes the biggest challenge for organizations embracing Agile methods for the first time: the time commitment required for business people.
  • Mike Cohn provides interesting examples of “decorating” user roles in user stories, by adding simple (but meaningful) adjectives.
  • Jesse Fewell finds a better tool for representing Scrum roles and responsibilities than the RACI chart: an “Owns-Helps” chart.
  • Craig Brown shares an interesting diagram that helps explain what practices play to the strengths of different cultures.
  • John Goodpasture explains why Agile is, by nature if not in practice, a recursive methodology.
  • Venkatesh Krishnamurthy tells a simple story of two waste bins that speaks volumes about changing behavior.

Working Smarter

  • Mike Donoghue has a few tips for the traveling IT consultant. Or as I classify myself, the migrant computer worker.
  • Sonia Liang wants to help you quit an anti-productive habit: multi-tasking.
  • Alina Vrabie explains why Inbox Zero is so hard to reach, and nearly impossible to maintain.
  • Suzanne Lucas points to some recent research that debunks a few meeting collaboration “tricks.”

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Roy Gatling, on his experiences at a fast-growing firm (Dell) trying to perfect the practice of project management. Just 51 minutes, safe for work.
  • Soma Bhattacharya shares a TED talk by Kelly McGonigal on tiny interventions to develop willpower that she found particularly useful. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!