New PM Articles for the Week of October 20 – 26

Balloon LandingNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 20 – 26. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Samad Aidane notes that the project kickoff is not the place to “sell” the project to the stakeholders – that should have already been done.
  • Peter Saddington shares a video on how our assumptions and biases prevent us from being objective. Just four minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin has some advice for project managers asked to manage an internal project with little or no spending authority.
  • Jerry Manas investigates the resource management and capacity planning choices we make when responding to increasing demand.
  • Glen Alleman points out the logical fallacies in anecdotal evidence, and applies Carl Sagan’s bullshit detector.
  • Gary Nelson returns from a wilderness first aid course with the observation that medical emergencies have many of the same attributes as projects.
  • John Goodpasture reminds us that exposure to risk is cumulative: “The risk that at least one thing will fail is way more than the risk that any one thing will fail.”
  • Kevin Coleman lays out the potential impact of a security breach, and the aftermath.
  • Janani Dumbleton tells how to kick off a data governance initiative.
  • Sean Williams begins a series on improving federal acquisition decisions through comprehensive financial analysis.
  • Nick Pisano continues his criticism of how organizations misuse Excel as an analytical “filler” between specialized applications.
  • Allen Ruddock sings the praises of Sharepoint as a project management tool.
  • Kerry Wills zooms in on three “course corrections” that can keep a project on track.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn begins a series on two approaches to sprint planning: velocity-driven and commitment-driven.
  • Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan conclude their series extracted from their new testbook, “Introduction to Agile Methods.”
  • Sandeep Lad fleshes out the definition of “servant leader.”

Leadership

  • Paul Ritchie shares some insights into how the best influencers convince the CEO.
  • Martin Webster shares an infographic that ties together employee engagement, stress, and leadership.
  • Shoaib Ahmed invokes Frederick Herzberg, who linked employee dissatisfaction to “hygiene factors” and employee satisfaction to achievement.
  • Johanna Rothman recounts an anecdote that illustrates the potential blowback from executive-dictated culture change.
  • Pam Stanton recalls an instance where a visionary leader ran into problems by not focusing on execution.
  • Coert Visser gives us the executive summary of “Rethinking Positive Thinking,” by Gabriele Oettingen.

Professional Development

  • Bruce Harpham explores networking, in three dimensions.
  • Don Kim eyes with skepticism a claim that PMI-ACP credentialed project managers are the highest paid – especially coming from a training provider.
  • Geoff Crane shares the slide deck from his keynote on emotional intelligence, “Why Smart People Fail,” presented at the PMI Durham Highlands monthly meeting.

Enjoy!

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!