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.

Enjoy!

The Sustainability Manifesto for Projects

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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.

New PM Articles for the Week of February 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Seth Godin on the difference between leadership and management. “The Beatles didn’t invent teenagers, they just showed up to lead them.”

Must read!

  • Michael Mankin on the dark side of Metcalfe’s Law: “As the cost of communications decreases, the number of interactions increases exponentially, as does the time required to process them.”
  • Daniel Zacarias shows how working with stakeholders to better define the problem can give more useful and sustainable results than focusing on proposed solutions.
  • Michael Sueoka argues, “You shouldn’t always design what people want – you should design what people need.” What will you do with this? What will you be able to stop doing?

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Project-Driven Creation,” a results-driven methodology handbook by Jo Bos, Ernst Harting and Marlet Hesslelink.
  • Peter Taylor and Karolina Jackson-Ward discuss value-driven leadership. About 42 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nick Pisano mixes science fiction and religion in with his thoughts on three widely used marketing labels: “Web-based,” “Cloud,” and “Big Data.”
  • Robert Wysocki explains a lean bundled change management process that integrates well with the PRINCE2 stage planning process.
  • Ian Whittingham explains the Triple Constraint of project ethics: integrity, trust, and accountability.
  • Kerry Wills categorizes his meetings into five broad types, and tries to optimize the mix.

Agile Methods

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Johanna Rothman on the estimating methods in her new book, “Predicting the Unpredictable.” Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn relates the Agile lesson learned from his recent “world’s shortest hotel stay.” Incremental delivery helps you recover from mistakes quickly.
  • Todd Holden describes “innovation days,” as events designed to foster innovations as a cultural value.
  • The Clever PM continues his occasional series on “why Agile isn’t working for me,” with observations on the impact of inadequate knowledge, commitment and progress.

Applied Leadership

  • Donna Reed summarizes the key messages from Stephen Denning’s book, “The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management.”
  • Aaron Smith reviews “Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance,” by Mario Moussa, Ph.D., Madeline Boyer and Derek Newberry, Ph.D.
  • Bruce Harpham reviews “The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, and Change the Way You Lead Forever,” by Michael Stanier.
  • Liane Davey lays out guidelines for giving feedback to people who don’t report to you.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Laura Barnard on getting people to overcome their doubts and embrace change. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pouri

  • Cameron Conaway reports on sledgehammer innovation, “What happens when a brilliant idea is paired with the grit of hard labor,” at Cree, an LED technology firm.
  • Art Petty interviews Eric Wallor and Michael Lucchesi, proprietors of a running coaching business, on why work ethic beats talent. Just 38 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture extols the virtues of the Excel Watch Window. It’s a floating collection of cell values from multiple workbooks, useful for auditing and debugging.
  • Ryan Ogilvie talks about that guy, who always seems to notice (and report) when something is amiss, and suggests we start treating him like an incident barometer.
  • Ugo Micoli examines BMW Group’s coming Centenary, as a look back and as an affirmation of identity, evolution, and independence.

Enjoy!