New PM Articles for the Week of May 9 – 15

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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 PM Articles for the Week of April 18 – 24

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.

Must read!

  • Colin Ellis describes the characteristics and behaviors of the Conscious Project Leader.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her approach to managing several projects at once.
  • Harry Hall lists twelve common mistakes we make when responding to risks. If you read this one just for the parable about Chippy the Parakeet, Harry won’t object.

Established Methods

  • Richard and Elizabeth Larson argue that organizations benefit when their employees holding professional certifications, and should be willing to support them.
  • Jeff Collins identifies seven project management conferences to be conducted in the U.S. this year.
  • Bruce Harpham notes a number of lessons learned from the Hanford Nuclear Site’s River Corridor Closure Project.
  • David Hillson explains the role of the Risk Facilitator.
  • Shane Vaz shares some lessons learned: four signs your project is in trouble.
  • Ciara McDonnell explains how to use earned value management, with MS Project, Excel, and Sharepoint.
  • Steve Wake, curator of the #EVA conference, reflects on silence and to do lists.
  • Kerry Wills leverages his OCD to keep his anxiety disorder in check. It’s good that there’s a job out there for everyone ….

Agile Methods

  • Dovile Miseviciute shows the power of the Eylean Board. Normally, I avoid product pumps but this looks really interesting.
  • Mike Cohn makes some planning recommendations for highly interrupt-driven Scrum teams, including adjusting the length of sprints.
  • Dave Prior interviews Agile coach Lyssa Adkins on the Agile Institute, combatting burn-out, and self-care. Just 49 minutes, safe for work.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors considers the question: should a company staff their Agile coaching positions with an employee or a consultant?
  • Pedro Gustavo Torres argues that the Product Owner is a pig (committed), rather than a chicken (involved) and should actively participate in all Scrum ceremonies.
  • Elise Stevens curated links to six articles on digital project management.

Applied Leadership

  • Liane Davey notes that leaders can inadvertently create a lot of work, just by tossing out ideas.
  • John Goodpasture summarizes General Michael Hayden on the safety of “No” and the potential risk and reward of saying “Yes.”
  • Suzanne Lucas explains how to gain the respect of your co-workers.
  • Peter Landau identifies the best leadership and management podcasts out there.

Pot Pouri

  • Elissa Gilbert reports on development of the Industrial Cloud, as the primary transformation mechanism for the Internet of Things, at General Electric.
  • Rich Maltzman reports on the growing number of projects to capture energy from the Moon. Well, OK: the tides. But it’s really, really cool!
  • Roy Sensenbach lists career insights he picked up while learning to snowboard.
  • Imagine digitally tagging footwear and apparel items at the point of manufacture, beginning inventory management at the assembly line. The Internet of Things just added ten billion new end points.


The Sustainability Manifesto for Projects


The Sustainability ManifestoGlobal 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.