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.


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!


  • 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.


Project Management For You: Interviews by Cesar Abeid


Cesar AbeidCesar Abeid is publishing a series of podcast interviews conducted with project management practitioners, authors, and thought leaders in the summer of 2014. He asked each of us a few questions:

  • How would you define project management to the lay person?
  • What is the least people need to know about PM to start on the path of getting things done?
  • What are the stages of bringing an idea to reality?
  • If you could recommend one technique from the PM world to the masses, what would it be and where can we learn it?
  • Managing projects often means working with other people. What’s the best way to know when and what to delegate, and to compel people to collaborate on a project?

The result was an interesting mix of thoughts, opinions, examples, and recommendations. Here are links to each of the podcasts in the series. Aside from Cesar’s brief introduction, the interviews average around 30 minutes each. I’ll add the remainder as they are published.

Project Management For You: Introduction Cesar explains the basic idea behind the interview series, and his upcoming book by the same name.

Interview with Andy Kaufman Andy is a project management consultant and trainer, and the the host of The People and Projects Podcast.

Interview with Susanne Madsen Susanne is a project leadership consultant, trainer, and coach, and author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook.

Interview with Carl Pritchard Carl is a risk management consultant, and the principle author of the risk management chapter of the PMBOK, 4th Edition.

Interview with Tony Adams Tony is a project leadership consultant, speaker, and blogger focusing on the importance of communications.

Interview with Elizabeth Harrin Elizabeth is a practicing program and project manager, prolific author, and blogger at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management.

Interview with Cornelius Fichtner Cornelius is a practicing project manager,trainer, and host of The Project Management Podcast.

Interview with Adriana Girdler Adriana is an entrepreneur, executive coach, professional speaker, facilitator and prolific author.

Interview with Peter Taylor Peter is the author of several books, consultant, lecturer, coach, and host of The Lazy Project Manager Podcast.

Interview with Stephen Carver Stephen lectures at Cranfield University School of Management, with experience ranging from banks to oil and from construction to law firms.

Interview with Mark Phillipy Mark is a project management practitioner, blogger, and host of two project management podcasts.

Interview with Francis Hooke Francis is a blogger and consulting project manager with experience in the financial industry.

Interview with Johanna Rothman Johanna is a prolific author, blogger, and management consultant, specializing in Agile software development.

Interview with Dave Gordon Hey, that’s me! Dave is the project manager and blogger behind The Practicing IT Project Manager.

Interview with Rich Maltzman Rich is a prolific author, blogger, teacher, and speaker on Green project management.

Interview with Geoff Crane Geoff is a former project portfolio manager, currently pursuing his PhD and teaching project management at Durham College in Ontario.

Interview with Michael Greer Michael is a project manager, author, and teacher of project management, known for his “minimalist” approach.

Interview with Ron Rosenhead Ron is a project manager, consultant, trainer, and co-author of “Strategies for Project Sponsorship.”

Interview with Margaret Meloni Margaret is a speaker, writer and  teacher who supports project managers with the human side of project management.

Interview with Cesar Abeid Mark Phillipy turns the tables on Cesar, interviewing him with the same questions he asked each of us.

Overall, a great series of interviews! When nineteen different experts answer the same questions, you’re bound to get a lot of overlap, but there was a lot of room for each of us to present the material in a different light. Thanks for taking us along on this journey, Cesar!