New PM Articles for the Week of August 8 – 14

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland discuss the Scrum Guide Refresh for 2016. Just 46 minutes, safe for work, and vital if you want to keep up with Agile!

Must read!

  • Carl Pritchard uses the Rio Olympics as an example of a complex project and explains the use of a tiered risk system. Excellent and timely!
  • David Koontz summarizes the Team Performance Model, by Drexler and Sibbet. Definitely a step up from the rhymes of the 50-year old Tuckman model.
  • Jordan Sims points out the project management challenges for the UK government in implementing the Brexit vote.

Established Methods

  • Glen Alleman examines the problems commonly encountered with project schedules and describes the appropriate corrective actions.
  • Jay Hicks shares some insights into PERT he got in a conversation with Rick Morris, host of the radio show The Work / Life Balance.
  • David Cotgreave describes what “good” looks like in IT project management.
  • Moira Alexander reflects on the good and bad of making decisions based on gut feelings.
  • Elizabeth Harrin details a five-step to choosing project team collaboration tools.
  • Ciara McDonnell shares an infographic with tips on how to use Outlook more effectively.
  • Lindsey Marymont describes three strategies for making your PMO a driving force for implementing business strategy.
  • Women Testers Magazine 2nd anniversary edition is now available for download.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Scrum / Agile reader’s digest for this week.
  • Dave Prior posted four interviews from Agile 2016 this week, with Michael Spayd and Michele Madore, Johanna Rothman, Woody Zuill, and Gil Broza. Something for everyone!
  • Mike Cohn warns that a definition of “ready” can set your organization on the path down a slippery slope to stage gates and other archaic management rituals.
  • Amit Kulkarni relates the experience his team had in being Agile across borders and across cultures with their Dutch client.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty describes our daily choice: to merely transact with other people, or to create an opportunity to transform.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through some situations where we should be alert to the potential for unethical behavior.
  • Anabelle Smyth points out the differences between leader behaviors and manager behaviors.
  • Michel Dion articulates the need for authentic leadership in project management.
  • Bertrand Duperrin calls bullshit on media depictions of the Millenials and their younger siblings.
  • Scott Berkun lists seven key questions to ask for any new technological idea.

Working and the Workplace

  • Alison DeNisco reports on a new survey that indicates the over-55 worker is just as comfortable with technology as their younger colleagues. So there!
  • Brendan Toner summarizes the key points of rapidly learning a new skill as described in “The First 20 Hours,” by Josh Kaufman.
  • Lisette Sutherland shares some tech tips for virtual teams, gleaned from some of her interviews and years of experience. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin points out three important truths about work and opportunity in the new economy.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 1 – 7

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 1 – 7. And this week’s video: Dennis Nally, Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd. introduces the key findings from PwC’s 19th Annual Global CEO Survey. Less than six minutes, safe for work, and valuable for understanding your organization’s global operating environment.

Must read (or hear)!

  • Dave Prior interviews psychologist Krista Pierce and PM Carson Pierce on ways to deal with the pressure, angst, and anxiety that come with the PM job. Just 42 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin takes a moment to reflect on the stresses in her career and balance with her family life. Naturally, she has a plan.
  • Conner Forrest reports on actions that US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is taking to secure electronic voting systems in the 9,000 jurisdictions around the country.

Established Methods

  • John Goodpasture examines extreme risks: those for which the consequences are irreversible, and the impact is near-catastrophic. Fortunately, the probability is usually low.
  • Andy Jordan introduces the concepts of enterprise risk and portfolio risk distribution.
  • Harry Hall has assembled a list of diagnostic questions to ask when a project is troubled.
  • Helena Liu maps out the steps to take when a project starts to go wrong.
  • Ron Rosenhead points out one possible reason for “zombie projects:” a widespread management belief in inevitable success.
  • Binfire has just published their project management software buyer’s guide. It’s about the process of selecting what you need and makes no product recommendations.
  • Seth Godin reminds us what’s at stake when reviewing a contract.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers shares his curated reading list of Agile content for the week. Like this one, but focused on Agile methods.
  • Henny Portman reviews the second edition of Andrew Craddock’s “Agile Project Management and Scrum.”
  • Jeff Collins decomposes the introduction of Agile project management processes into existing organizations into five key steps.
  • Erich Orozco makes the case for not sharing people across teams.
  • Shuba Kathikeyan explains the Six Sigma DMAIC framework, certification sources, and the various Lean Six Sigma belts.

Applied Leadership

  • Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue, shares some suggestions for creating an organizational culture in which trust is secured by accountability.
  • John Carroll takes a Taoist look at servant leadership.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy focuses on the end of the meeting: action assignments and next steps.
  • Gina Abudi completes parts four and five of her series on leading teams through Tuckman’s four stages of team development.
  • Jesse Lynn Stoner explains some of the causes for smart people to make dumb decisions.

Working and the Workplace

  • Johanna Rothman makes the case for hiring older workers. Hey, Dos Equis hired Jonathan Goldsmith to portray The Most Interesting Man in the World at age 67.
  • Margaret Meloni explains why a respect for organizational culture is necessary to prevent failure on a new job.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Niraj Kumar on the wide range of benefits to achieving the PMP credential. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Sarah White shares some insights on how you can maximize the impact of your resume, based on current recruitment practices and trends.
  • Art Petty: “Seeking next is the new state of normal for most of us in our careers and almost all of us in our businesses.”

Enjoy!

New Post at AITS: The Way You Describe a Risk is What Makes It Manageable

AITSBloggingAllianceMy latest article for AITS was published today: The Way You Describe a Risk Is What Makes It Manageable.

The If / Then format for describing a risk event and it’s consequences is well-established as a good practice, especially for teams where the authority to log a risk has been widely delegated. I include a real example from one of my past projects in order to illustrate the power of this approach.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.