New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 9 – 15. And this week’s video: how to display two different chart types in one chart in Excel. Just five minutes, safe for work.
Art Petty provides guidance on how to recover from the damage a toxic employee does to both the team and the manager.
Cameron Conaway reports on the evidence that, despite advances in the last few years, sexism still limits opportunities for women in a business world dominated by men.
Narciss Popescu updates Tuckman’s model of group development – Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning – based on studies that reflect modern business.
Michel Dion describes decision management and related administrative tool, the Decision Log.
Harry Hall describes the benefits of conducting a risk audit, and provides an example.
Pat Weaver notes that the language we use to describe project risks can make it more difficult to communicate and manage them.
Henny Portman reviews Jan Postema’s new book, “The Effective Project Board.” Looks like an interesting read.
Mike Clayton points out the critical information in a project brief: the document that gets a project approved.
Jeff Collins makes the case for project dashboard reporting.
Dmitriy Nizhebeskiy concludes his two-part series on creating a work breakdown structure with twenty traits of the high-quality WBS.
Magnus Doll has compiled a list of the twenty “most interesting” project management blogs, including this one – thanks for the recognition!
Thor Olavsrud reports from Apache: Big Data North America, where keynote speaker Amy Gaskins explained the critical attributes of successful Big Data projects.
John Goodpasture takes exception to Philippe Krutchen’s recent post expanding the definition of technical debt – it’s not just about design decisions.
Johanna Rothman provides an example of using a discovery project to improve both the quality of the cost and schedule estimates of a proposed project and get customer buy-in.
Tin Kadoic provides an overview of how Five and Shoutem approach product testing. Critical point: expose the product to the users early in the development process!
Thomas Carney notes the need to get user feedback in a structured manner, so it’s actionable.
Samir Goswami examines the challenge of making quality measurable in for a Scrum team.
Craig Smith interviews Marcus Hammarberg on his new book, “Kanban in Action.” Just 42 minutes, safe for work.
Applied Leadership and Collaboration
Elise Stevens interviews Alli Polin on leadership and the myths around personal growth and development. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
Penelope Trunk extracts lessons on team building from working with the kids on the farm.
Scott Berkun concatenates five principles into a plan for solving problems – big problems.
Lisette Sutherland interviews freelance product manager Fernando Garrido Vaz on managing virtual teams with varying cultures and times zones. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
Craig Smith recommends you upload your photo to the tools you use to collaborate with your globally dispersed team, to help them think of you as a person.
Carmine Gallo lists the public speaking tips that TED gives to its presenters.
Liane Davey vents: people who don’t read the pre-read material waste everyone else’s time when you have to cover it in the meeting.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 18 – 24. And this week’s video: the E-Lesson Guru explains how to create a speedometer chart in Excel. Safe for work, just over 8 minutes.
Colin Ellis describes the characteristics and behaviors of the Conscious Project Leader.
Global project management thought leaders Rich Maltzman, Paola Morgese, Marisa Silva, and Jennifer Tharp have collaborated to create a movement that expects to change our values: The Sustainability Manifesto for Projects.
“We are uncovering better ways of incorporating Sustainability into Project, Program, and Portfolio Management. Through this work we have come to value:
Benefits realization over metrics limited to time, scope, and cost
Value for many over value of money
The long-term impact of our projects over their immediate results”
They go on to define global sustainability, environmental sustainability, social sustainability, and economic sustainability. They also articulate the benefits of sustainability in projects and provide a two-page list of links to supporting documents, blogs, and articles. Just eight slides, including the list of authors.
I can’t recommend this highly enough. Take the five minutes to read this, and share the ideas in it with your colleagues, your sponsors, and your management team.
We’re changing the world, anyway – let’s ensure we make that change sustainable.