New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 3 – 9. And this week’s video: a quick explanation of how to hack your to-do list, with David Allen of “Getting Things Done.” Just over two minutes and safe for work, even with all of the monkey noises. Tip of the hat to Harry Hall, who also linked to this video.
Rich Maltzman reviews the business case and ROI from sustainability projects. This isn’t just about the future – it’s about successful projects and organizations.
Andy Jordan explains how we can incorporate accountability for delivering on time, in scope, and within budget without hampering the collaboration that makes it possible.
Beth Spriggs makes the case for ambiguity as opportunity – to take risks, think creatively, and create exceptional outcomes.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Cyndi Snyder Dionisio, who chaired the team that developed the “PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition.” Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 26 – October 2. And this week’s video: a critical analysis of Elon Musk’s SpaceX proposed Mars colonization project. And you thought your project was high-risk, with an overly ambitious schedule! Just seven minutes, safe for work.
Maria Konnikova looks into more recent research and finds that “10,000 hours of practice” is necessary, but probably not sufficient for mastery.
Maria Popova reviews “The Power Paradox: How we gain and lose influence,” by Dacher Keltner. Added to the top of my reading list.
Art Petty lists ten bullets of do’s and don’ts for the successful executive sponsor.
John Goodpasture addresses the nature of time in risk management: most risks are not static or stationary.
Johnny Beirne interviews Mike Clayton on the basics of risk management. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
Jenny Brown outlines recommended project performance metrics for use by the project manager or PMO in determining how to report RAG status.
Moira Alexander provides considerations and internal and external criteria for selecting the right project management methodology.
Elizabeth Harrin shares a slimmed-down version of a white paper on selection and implementation of project and portfolio management software.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of content on Agile methods, from Fake Agile to Cargo Cults and Agile Idiots, to 50 product management blogs you should be reading.
Johanna Rothman starts a series on what Agile project managers do (and do not).
Ryan Ripley interviews Justin Browder and Bryan Schoeff on how project managers can fit into an Agile team. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
Bart Gerardi continues his series on managers of Agile teams, with a close look at their responsibilities to the people and the company.
Mike Cohn argues against using the Sprint review as a sign-off meeting.
Kevin Aguanno reports on the growing use of Agile methods outside of the IT world.
Dave Prior interviews Jann Thomas and Adam Asch on working with distributed teams. Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
Tanya Tarr presents a case study of a freelance project manager who solved the real problem by not simply doing what the client demanded.
Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, explains how to determine when it’s time to terminate an employee, and how to do it respectfully.
Nate Vickery explains why a working Mom is the perfect project manager.
Technology and Techniques
Ryan Ogilvie points out that service delivery frequently crosses organizational boundaries, and so do opportunities to improve change management.
Ariel Amster notes that Big Data algorithms can only get you so far – at some point, you need human insight into human behavior.
Elise Stevens interviews Thomas Mai about storytelling in promoting organizational change. Just 21minutes, safe for work.
Robin Goldsmith details the notion of a value proposition as used in sales, and how to apply it to collecting business requirements.
Working and the Workplace
Seth Godin: “The average knowledge worker reads fewer than one business book a year. On the other hand, the above-average knowledge worker probably reads ten.”
John Friscia argues that making your boss happy is not your job; there are times you need to push back, and not just blindly follow orders.
Derek Huether believes you need three things in order to increase productivity: a system, a ritual that exercises it, and enough repetitions to make it a habit.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 19 – 25. And this week’s video: psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness inspires productivity. Just 12 minutes, safe for work, but people will crowd around to see why you’re laughing uncontrollably.
Mike Clayton describes Kurt Lewin’s Freeze Phases model of organizational change, which is predicated on the notion of driving forces and restraining forces.
Esther Derby collates a list of questions that could lead to more effective organizational change, if they were only asked.
Ryan Avent scans past the disruptive trends of automation replacing humans to ask the question: what will a world without work be like and how can we make it livable?
Elizabeth Harrin celebrates ten years of blogging by following up on the best articles from each of those years (and the most popular so far from 2016).
Harry Hall tutors us on the management reserve for project budgets.
Shuba Kathikeyan summarizes the steps in project cost management, and recommends several good practices for project managers.
John Goodpasture makes the counter-case: measuring everything may be more detrimental than no measurements at all.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dave Davis on achieving benefits realization management. Just 43 minutes, safe for work.