New PM Articles for the Week of March 16 – 22

Green BalloonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 16 – 22. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Mike Griffiths rounds up a number of high-profile projects from the last few decades, and considers whether they or not they were successful.
  • Jason Bloomberg gives us an overview of cognitive computing, from the perspective of how it can deliver value.
  • Tony Adams quotes Friedrich Neitzsche on why people don’t want to hear the truth, and explains how to deliver bad news, anyway.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Michel Dion on his new book, “The Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers.”
  • Rich Maltzman notes the growing interest in sustainability as a project success metric.
  • Bruce Harpham shares a few thoughts (and some research) on improving quality.
  • Nick Pisano continues our dialog on mining information from mountains of project management data, with a look at the influence of software packages on opinions.
  • Brad Egeland has some thoughts on what you need to be successful as a remote project manager.
  • Jerry Johns takes an applied physics approach to keeping his project in balance.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, expound on the virtues of looking in the direction we want to go.
  • Steven Levy uses a picture of a man on a bicycle pursued by bear as a jumping-off point for a rumination on project management as a team sport.
  • Michel Dion provides a tutorial on how to talk with senior management.
  • Henny Portman reviews a new book by Hannan, Müller, and Robinson, “The CIO’s Guide to Breakthrough Project Portfolio Performance.”
  • Ryan Ogilvie gets practical, with customer service survey questions that need fine-tuning.

Agile Methods

  • Glen Alleman analyzes Jim Benson’s five estimating pathologies and suggests some corrective actions.
  • Neil Killick recaps the five estimating pathologies listed by Jim Benson, and adds a fifth – accepting the request without asking any questions.
  • Mahfoud Amiour prroposes a new Agile metric: SPOC, or story point cost.

 Soft Skills

  • Hendrie Weisinger continues his series of articles based on his new book, “Performing Under Pressure,” with a look at the positive effects of enthusiasm.
  • Michael Smith on hiring coders: “85% of a programmer’s success is due to human factors rather than pure technical skills.”
  • Suzanne Lucas notes that leaders set the pace with their example, and by communicating clear expectations.
  • Dan Furlong explores the elusive notion of “presence,” and shows why it’s important.
  • Sandy Geroux explains the difference between being accountable and taking ownership.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Doug Hong on his seven free tutorials for managing projects with Microsoft Excel. Just 27 minutes, safe for work, and highly recommended.
  • Jacob Morgan interviews Rich Carpenter on the intersection of the industrial internet, data science, and the future of work. One hour, safe for work.
  • Renee and Craig interview Henrik Kniberg at Scum Australia, where he delivered the keynote. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 9 – 15

Red BalloonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 9 – 15. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Suzanne Lucas interprets recent research by a developmental psychologist, which identified seven critical skills that are necessary for you to become a successful boss.
  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes the four primary styles used in giving feedback, as detailed in Anna Carroll’s book, “The Feedback Imperative.”
  • Elizabeth Booker gives us a tutorial on procurement administrative lead time. Ever had a project start delayed because a lawyer was reviewing terms and conditions? Yup, that stuff.

PM Best Practices

  • Stephen Brobst says the interesting thing about Big Data isn’t Bigness, but the way structure and demand continuously evolves.
  • Glen Alleman observes that using a Fibonacci series for estimating adds no more certainty to the process than you’d get from using a geometric series.
  • Paul Ritchie explains what is required for an R&D-centered organization to get the most value from their PMO.
  • Ronald Bisaccia reviews the evidence: why women tend to be better at assessing and managing risks than men. Ummm … testosterone rots the brain?
  • Nick Pisano reports on efforts to standardize representations of historical data from past projects, in support of management reporting and better estimates.
  • David Cotgreave points out that some of the project manage predictions for 2015 have already materialized.
  • Toby Elwin finds project management lessons in the work of Led Zeppelin. “There’s a sponsor who’s sure all that glitters is gold, and she’s thinks she’s bought a stairway to Heaven.”
  • Ryan Ogilvie presents an example of how to apply problem management principles to IT service delivery.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jonathan Herbert, who inspired him to create his podcast, on lessons learned in preparing for the PMP exam. Just 51 minutes, safe for work.

 Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn notes that we need to account for three types of time when planning a Sprint.
  • John Goodpasture gives us a quick excerpt from the upcoming 2nd edition of his classic, “Project Management the Agile Way.”
  • William Nocolich says that indecision is responsible for much of the high failure rate of software development projects.
  • Andrew Lin pulls together some rules of thumb, rubrics, and generalized principles that pertain to Agile and Scrum.
  • Derek Huether takes a personality assessment, and his wife confirms the diagnosis. We’re not as unique as our fingerprints would lead us to believe …

 Soft Skills

  • Bruce Harpham gives us a history lesson on George Washington – who knew he was a life-hacker?
  • Kevin Coleman articulates the long-term effects of the loss of intellectual capital and experience, as the Boomers retire.
  • Hendrie Weisinger recommends creating attainable goals and celebrating small wins – call them micro-successes.
  • Mario Trentim looks at conducting a stakeholder analysis from the perspective of the stakeholder.
  • Ron Rosenhead recounts a PM student’s tale of failing to identify a key stakeholder, and the $200 million fine that eventually resulted.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 2 – 8

Chapel in the SkyNew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 2 – 8. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. This week’s flyover balloon has a sign proclaiming it to be “The Little White Chapel in the Sky.” Schedule an Elvis impersonator to officiate your hot air balloon wedding – only in Las Vegas!

Must read!

  • Hendrie Weisinger begins a new series based on his book, “Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most.”
  • Coert Visser reports on some recent research into mind-wandering. You know: like what happens during a tedious meeting? It might actually be a good thing, at times.
  • Rachel Bertsche introduces us to four folks in their late twenties who share their stories of how they worked their way into project management opportunities. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably in a position to help someone, like you were helped. Pay it forward!

PM Best Practices

  • Pawel Brodzinski looks at alternative ways to approach multiple projects in a portfolio.
  • Glen Alleman defines governance, at the business, IT department, and program level, and tells us why it’s necessary.
  • Michael Ipsaro gives us a tutorial on milestone decisions.
  • John Goodpasture gets us to the most applicable stuff in probability and Statistics, for project managers.
  • Gina Abudi presents a case study in resolving conflict with four long-term vendors. This is the first in what appears to be a series of three.
  • Ron Rosenhead shares the Rosenhead Manifesto, on preventing scope creep.
  • Allen Ruddock explains why lessons learned often don’t get implemented.
  • Nick Pisano notes four trends in project management that keep coming up in conferences, as well as in practice.

Agile Methods

  • Peter Saddington recommends that, in order to use Jira successfully, don’t try to use it for everything.
  • Michael Prom explains how Agile methods can be used to develop medical devices, and other products with extensive compliance requirements.
  • Henny Portman reviews Jeff Sutherland’s new book, “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.” As Henny notes, it’s more about “why” than “how.” Doesn’t the title do that?
  • Johanna Rothman contemplates people management, performance management, and compensation management, using servant leadership concepts.

Soft Skills

  • Scott Berkun interviews Phil Simon on his new book, “Message Not Received: Why Business Communication is Broken and How to Fix it.”
  • Susanne Madsen notes that effective leaders are into conversations – especially the tough conversations.
  • Lynda Bourne refers to a recent survey that indicates the soft skills are valued above academic achievement. And they’re perceived to be in short supply.
  • Bruce Harpham lists seven behaviors for making meetings effective.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Dev Ramcharan on taking control of your career. Just over an hour, safe for work, and well worth your time.
  • Ruffin Veal recalls his transition from programmer to business analyst to project manager, as a teachable moment.
  • Pam Stanton reminds us that everything we need to know about working on projects, we learned in Kindergarten.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Susanne Madsen’s new book, The Power of Project Leadership.”
  • Harry Hall identifies the mistakes we make in managing our assumptions.
  • Soma Bhattacharya shares her approach to balancing work, blogging, and motherhood. It’s all about staying organized.

Enjoy!