New PM Articles for the Week of August 29 – September 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 29 – September 4. And this week’s video: Jennifer Witt explains the risk register and how it is used. Just 4 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Craig Kilford, owner of the new project management training review website CourseConductor. “Think of Course Conductor as TripAdvisorfor project management training industry.”
  • Derek Huether adds his thoughts to an old post by Zbyněk Dráb on why discipline is far more productive than motivation. Definitely read the original; it’s a classic!
  • Steven Levy shares an anecdote from the early days of Windows 3.0 in order to demonstrate the difference in perception between failure and progress. And then closes with an old video by Concrete Blonde.

Established Methods

  • Karthik Subburaman provides a detailed guide to business process metrics, from what to measure to best practices in implementation.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on how to create a work breakdown structure from a mind map.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through three examples of realistic project risks and how to manage them.
  • Harry Hall describes key risk indicators and explains how to use them to avoid risk events.
  • William Davis demonstrates an elegant way to use Excel’s binomial functions to estimate a risk reserve from your risk register.
  • John Goodpasture strategizes for the Risk Management Office that has to deal with (or report to) an autocrat.
  • Jeff Collins lists the steps to establishing “risk intelligence” in your organization. Think of it as a special case of business intelligence.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posted his roundup of Agile articles and blog posts.
  • Sujatha Tokala describes the activities and value of a one-week Sprint Zero.
  • The Clever PM extols the virtues of clarity: clarity of purpose and clarity of communication.
  • Tom McFarlin contemplates the pressures of meeting software development deadlines: the big pressure variable is quality.
  • Doug Thorpe reminds us that perfectionism is unattainable, and the relentless pursuit of perfection leads to burnout, not achievement.

Applied Leadership

  • Coert Visser encapsulates what researchers have found about when performance, behavioral, and learning goals are most effective.
  • Art Petty reflects on the value of experience in a business world where everything is changing. Maybe it’s not about doing the old things in the old way.
  • Kathleen O’Connor summarizes key points from “The Courage Solution,” by Mindy Mackenzie, based on a conversation with the author.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes that employees don’t care about leveraging the shared knowledge expressed in some collaboration tool as a corporate asset; they just want to get work done.
  • Adriana Girdler recommends we create a personal vision statement, and offers her own as an example.

Working and the Workplace

  • Gina Abudi explains four ways to advance your professional development.
  • Jennifer Zaino reviews statistics that show a startling decline in the number of women entering engineering and computer science.
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews Lindsay Scott on how she manages her daily routine, from schedule to devices to apps.
  • Ryan Ogilvie examines a potential career path for those working on the IT Service Desk, who don’t have technical aspirations.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Bjoern Zinnsmeister on staffing the startup – how to hire remote rock stars, track WIP, that sort of thing. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 1 – 7

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 1 – 7. And this week’s video: Dennis Nally, Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd. introduces the key findings from PwC’s 19th Annual Global CEO Survey. Less than six minutes, safe for work, and valuable for understanding your organization’s global operating environment.

Must read (or hear)!

  • Dave Prior interviews psychologist Krista Pierce and PM Carson Pierce on ways to deal with the pressure, angst, and anxiety that come with the PM job. Just 42 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin takes a moment to reflect on the stresses in her career and balance with her family life. Naturally, she has a plan.
  • Conner Forrest reports on actions that US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is taking to secure electronic voting systems in the 9,000 jurisdictions around the country.

Established Methods

  • John Goodpasture examines extreme risks: those for which the consequences are irreversible, and the impact is near-catastrophic. Fortunately, the probability is usually low.
  • Andy Jordan introduces the concepts of enterprise risk and portfolio risk distribution.
  • Harry Hall has assembled a list of diagnostic questions to ask when a project is troubled.
  • Helena Liu maps out the steps to take when a project starts to go wrong.
  • Ron Rosenhead points out one possible reason for “zombie projects:” a widespread management belief in inevitable success.
  • Binfire has just published their project management software buyer’s guide. It’s about the process of selecting what you need and makes no product recommendations.
  • Seth Godin reminds us what’s at stake when reviewing a contract.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers shares his curated reading list of Agile content for the week. Like this one, but focused on Agile methods.
  • Henny Portman reviews the second edition of Andrew Craddock’s “Agile Project Management and Scrum.”
  • Jeff Collins decomposes the introduction of Agile project management processes into existing organizations into five key steps.
  • Erich Orozco makes the case for not sharing people across teams.
  • Shuba Kathikeyan explains the Six Sigma DMAIC framework, certification sources, and the various Lean Six Sigma belts.

Applied Leadership

  • Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue, shares some suggestions for creating an organizational culture in which trust is secured by accountability.
  • John Carroll takes a Taoist look at servant leadership.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy focuses on the end of the meeting: action assignments and next steps.
  • Gina Abudi completes parts four and five of her series on leading teams through Tuckman’s four stages of team development.
  • Jesse Lynn Stoner explains some of the causes for smart people to make dumb decisions.

Working and the Workplace

  • Johanna Rothman makes the case for hiring older workers. Hey, Dos Equis hired Jonathan Goldsmith to portray The Most Interesting Man in the World at age 67.
  • Margaret Meloni explains why a respect for organizational culture is necessary to prevent failure on a new job.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Niraj Kumar on the wide range of benefits to achieving the PMP credential. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Sarah White shares some insights on how you can maximize the impact of your resume, based on current recruitment practices and trends.
  • Art Petty: “Seeking next is the new state of normal for most of us in our careers and almost all of us in our businesses.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 20 – 26

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 20 – 26. And this week’s video: a short cartoon on the nature of resistance to change as a failure to communicate. Just six minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Craig Brown makes the counter-argument to the #NoProjects meme. Apparently, this is a thing in certain programmer circles.
  • Glen Alleman uses bicycle riding as a metaphor for the balance between control and stability, risk management and execution.
  • Katie Rogers reports on the rapid adoption of covering laptop cameras with a piece of tape – notably, by Mark Zuckerberg and the head of the FBI. Maybe we should, too.

Established Methods

  • Michel Dion explains why it is so important for the customer to understand the process used to manage the project.
  • Harry Hall tutors us on how to create a project summary we can deliver in under 60 seconds.
  • Ruth Zive describes the best practices to achieve an auditable project when working in a regulated business environment.
  • John Goodpasture considers the inherent limitations of the qualitative risk matrix, in detail.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Trish Sutter on facilitating innovation in project processes. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Brent Dykes notes that it is more common to question data that doesn’t support our beliefs than it is to question the assumptions behind our beliefs.

Agile Methods

  • Pawel Brodzinski contemplates the idea of “value for money.”
  • Johanna Rothman writes about the nature of the product owner role: the PO is the center of organizational “learning” about the product. Part 2 and 3.
  • The Clever PM reminds us that the Product Manager is not the User – you are a conduit for ideas to be considered for implementation.
  • Dave Prior interviews Roman Pichler on his new book: “Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age.” Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristin Hillery interviews Sean Landry, creative director at TripAdvisor, who asserts that autonomy breeds ownership.
  • Mike Cohn lists both incentives and deterrents that can help your daily Scrums to start on time.
  • Paul Carvalho looks at the application of mind mapping techniques to facilitate software testing.
  • Sourav Singla describes his approach to a common XP technique: he calls it “confined pair programming.”

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Penny Pullan about her new book, “Virtual Leadership.” Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Liane Davey makes the case for an inclusive approach to implementing strategy through projects.
  • Danielle Koehler continues her interview series with Gail Rolls with a conversation on the value of team-building activities.
  • Suzanne Lucas lists some of the interview questions that candidates really want you to ask. Like, “What’s the difference between a ’rounding error’ and a cost overrun?”
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Peter Wilson on what the hiring and onboarding process looks like for an offshore team. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pouri

  • Lindsay Patterson tells the story of NUMMI, a joint venture that helped General Motors absorb Toyota’s culture of quality.
  • Greg Schultz reminds us that the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free will expire on July 29, 2016.
  • Hanh Nguyen has collected images of 32 T-shirts you’d be proud to wear to any IT geek conference. But probably not your high school reunion.

Enjoy!