New PM Articles for the Week of July 6 – 12

Balloon SunriseNew project management articles published on the web during the week of July 6 – 12. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Our theme this week is taking a skeptical look at extraordinary claims. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Kailash Awati takes a critical look at knowledge work and the flimsy basis for claims of expertise.
  • John Goodpasture summarizes a few revolutionary ideas for the 21st century technocrat organization, despite his misgivings.
  • Bruce Benson compares the fault in his GPS that said he ran a four-minute mile with the claims made by methodology advocates.

PM Best Practices

  • Harry Hall reviews some strategies for dealing with the process by which sub-par resources get assigned to our projects.
  • Jim Anderson gives us some pointers on how to take control of a negotiation.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Mark Woeppel on his new book, Visual Project Management.
  • Glen Alleman outlines the three major strategic themes underlying most IT projects.
  • Allen Ruddock suggests that the PMO can have an important role in maintaining stakeholder engagement.
  • Dan Patterson advocates for risk analysis as part of the process of green lighting a new project.
  • Bruce Harpham bullet points the characteristics of a good summer project. The kind you choose for yourself, of course!
  • Margaret Meloni composes an open letter to project team members.
  • Toby Elwin drives home the need to understand the action objective before communicating.
  • Ryan Ogilvie lists a few specious claims to avoid when pitching change. My favorite: “No testing is really needed.” Yup, that’s why we have production …
  • Braden Kelly starts a series on using Six Sigma / DMAIC to drive innovation.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman has gathered some insights for program-level product owners, and shares three of them with us.
  • Henrico Dolfing shares his lessons learned from using Scrum on an actuarial modeling project.
  • Nada Aldahleh has some suggestions for improving Scrum.

 Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews author, podcaster, and strategic business coach Gene Hammett on leaving the corporate world and learning from failure. Just 55 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews project management coach and mentor Jeff Furman on his approach. Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • William McKnight presents his TED talk on information as the next natural resource. Well, maybe not natural, but definitely a resource. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.

Outside the Lines

  • Peter Saddington shares a two minute video, ”Did I Get the Job?” Funny, not safe for work, but there’s nothing good on TV, so why not?
  • Seth Godin relates an interesting technique for getting an audience involved.
  • Vivek Prakash describes what he claims is, “The only technique that resolves conflicts.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 29 – July 5

Red Balloon OverheadNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 29 – July 5. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Our theme this week is productivity and job satisfaction. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Travis Bradberry clues us in to what the most productive people do differently.
  • Suzanne Lucas reveals some interesting nuggets in a recent survey: we feel overwhelmed at work, but 86 percent of us are still motivated.
  • Susanne Madsen points out that engaging the project team and including them in the planning process reduces the amount of “chasing” required to get them to complete their tasks.

PM Best Practices

  • Michael Wood questions some of our assumptions about project management.
  • David Cotgreave lists the benefits of outsourcing project management.
  • Glen Alleman notes that “populist books” generally don’t provide enough of an understanding to actually use most of the ideas In them.
  • Andy Jordan examines change management at the portfolio level.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn argues that the product owner needs to take a product life-cycle view when prioritizing development.
  • Rick Waters explains how to track and communicate accumulated technical debt with a fishing metaphor.
  • Marco Behler finally finished his Customer Requirements eBook. Subtitle: “Everything Programmers Need to Know Before Writing Code.”

 

Podcasts and Videos

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a video from the APM’s Women in Project Management SIG, on PM careers for women. Less than five minutes, safe for work.
  • Rich Maltzman presents a recent announcement from GreenTouch, a telecom service provider consortium achieving astounding power reduction results. Four minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith and Renee Troughton have a wide-ranging chat on their recent reading, including things that echo Travis Bradberry’s message. Just 50 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 21 – 28

Sydney HarborNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 21 – 28. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Tushnar Patel pulls a few key statistics from a recent survey of project portfolio managers by Innotas.
  • Shim Marom offers a few insights from his own experience on the clash of Agile and Waterfall approaches in organizations trying to make both work.
  • Johanna Rothman examines some unrealistic expectations that managers have about what their people “should” do.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Mario Trentim’s new book, “Managing Stakeholders as Clients.”
  • Glen Alleman recommends a book by Mark Maier and Eberhardt Rechtin, “The Art of Systems Architecting.”
  • Kailash Awati invokes Joseph Heller and Gregory Bateson’s double-bind theory in examining paradoxes at work.
  • John Goodpasture repeats advice from Dorie Clark on preparing for “networking events.”
  • Aaron Smith lists some of the key findings of the fourth annual benchmarking survey of PMO’s by ESI International
  • Ryan Ogilvie considers ways in which we can improve problem management, even when we’re not the problem manager.

Agile Methods

  • Pawel Brodzinski notes the de-motivating effects of hierarchy-driven organization structures. Finding yourself at the bottom of a tall org chart is a definite downer.
  • Mike Cohn discounts the value of a complicated story hierarchy.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his gorilla-conscience, Hogarth, look at the possibility that the Pareto Principle might begin to explain resistance to Agile methods.
  • Mike Stuedeman identifies three common reasons organizations struggle with Scum and Agile.
  • Tom McFarlin shares how his approach to providing estimates for custom software development has evolved.

 

Outside the Lines

  • Bruce Benson examines the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Air Force for lessons on the difference between a noble purpose and effectiveness.
  • Wanda Curlee see opportunities for project managers in the ever-evolving Internet of Things.
  • Tony Sarris, on the other hand, finds HAL enabled by the Internet of Things. I don’t relish the prospect of having conversations with the coaster under my beer.
  • Matthew Squair finds a moment of Zen in the news that hospital drug pumps can be hacked. Hannibal before the gates, indeed …

 

Enjoy!