New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 16 – 22. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- The MIT Technology Review gets us caught up on recent advances in computer recognition of faces and other three-dimensional objects.
- Mike Griffiths analyzes the growth of the various PMI professional credentials over the last ten years. The trends are interesting.
- Kristin Yang uses animated gifs to show how she spends her day as a software development project manager. Because it’s not all Dilbert scenarios.
PM Best Practices
- John Goodpasture reports on a recent exercise that demonstrated the value of letting small teams self-organize to solve a problem.
- Harry Hall notes that a project’s greatest exposure to risk lies at the beginning, and suggests steps to reduce that exposure.
- Nick Pisano explains why fast-tracking a project also involves taking on additional risks and accepting more waste.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Susanne Madsen on the subject of her new book: “The Power of Project Leadership.”
- Glen Alleman hacks away the Agilista pop-culture crap to get to a more rigorous definition of self-organizing.
- Kerry Wills analyzes the spectrum of yellow that falls between Green and Red in our status reports.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Michael Smith on the concepts and practice of conscious software development. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
- Paul Ritchie gives us his summary of PMI’s “Pule of the Profession” report, and their findings on how high-performing project management organizations are more agile.
- Mike Cohn is a firm proponent of a “definition of done,” but points out that there are cases where teams benefit from defining different levels of done.
- Neil Killick examines a Twittersphere Scrum controversy, and suggests that the case in point misses an opportunity to investigate the underlying problem.
- Derek Huether notes that even a co-located team needs a process framework and a communication tool.
- Bart Gerardi makes the case for including the entire team in preparing estimates.
- Pawel Brodzinski rolls out an interesting estimation and planning tool: No Bullshit Estimation Cards. Yeah, I got yer Fibonacci, right here …
- Sumit Sharma makes the point that the product backlog isn’t just prioritized, but ordered.
- Cesar Abeid interviews writer, speaker, and podcaster Mike Vardy on his minimalist approach to personal productivity. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.
- Bruce Harpham gets into the why and how of self-motivation.
- Gina Abudi lists our bullets for practices that will help us improve our concentration by screening out distractions.
- Michael Lopp shares his non-judgmental take on the behaviors you’ll likely see in a conversation.
- Bruce Benson tells us how he responds when a colleague announces that he’s leaving for another opportunity.
- Tracey Richardson and colleagues report on their research into how project managers got into the profession. Mostly, by accident.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 9 – 15. We give you what you need to talk about the elephant in the room. Recommended:
- Hamza Shaban looks at the potential for the Internet of Things to kill personal privacy over the next few years.
- Doug Laney of Gartner Group shares three Big Data trends that predict for how we’ll apply business intelligence over the next few years.
- Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, give us the run-down on how to prepare for your next unanticipated job search.
PM Best Practices
- Wanda Curlee gives us a quick overview of project portfolio management, as a practice and as a career.
- PMI has published the results of their annual Pulse of the Profession survey, “Capturing the Value of Project Management.”
- Beth Ouellette looks back at her experience in helping to birth PMI’s latest credential: the PMI Professional in Business Analysis.
- Joachim Ahlstrom shares some recommendations for those thinking of implementing a continuous improvement process in their organization.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Jack Riso’s new iBook, “Ace the PMP Exam.”
- Andy Jordan reflects on his recent consulting experience, helping an organization focused on operations, rather than projects, build a PMO.
- Glen Alleman shares some authoritative sources of reference class data for IT projects, for developing your next set of estimates.
- Harry Hall presents a short video on evaluating risks with expected monetary value analysis. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
- Nick Pisano continues his look at using data from multiple sources to improve our ability to manage projects.
- Michael Dubakov shares his practical experience in implementing the concepts of Minimum Viable Feature and Minimum Marketable Feature.
- John Goodpasture considers a conundrum – fidelity to user expectations, or fidelity to user specifications?
- Neil Killick gives a detailed view of how he manages the inception of a project.
- Venkat Krishnamurthy invokes the “Ikea Effect” to make the point that Scrum teams benefit from having dedicated testers.
- Johanna Rothman explains how to create an environment where everyone on the team can lead.
- Pawel Brodzinski give his take on participatory leadership and decision-making.
- Bruce Harpham makes the case for humility, as a vehicle to improve your effectiveness.
- Randy Hall looks at the mechanics of how we break old habits. Especially old leadership habits.
- Bertrand Duperrin believes that using the web as a way to access information is about to become passé.
- Paul Ritchie makes a point about why practice is so important, using the last big play of Super Bowl 49 as an example. Guys, we need to move on …
- Peter Saddington condenses a few key points about how really smart people think, from Michael Michalko’s book, “Creative Tinkering.”
New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 2 – 8. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Erik Sofge canvasses AI researchers to see if there is any potential for malevolent super-intelligent machines. Isn’t this like asking Henry Ford if he’s worried about climate change?
- Cynthia Zieman details the project management plan, which is not the same thing as the project plan.
- Margaret Meloni argues for maintaining a high profile when working remotely. Just two minutes, safe for work.
PM Best Practices
- Howard Baldwin ignores the hand-wringing failures sagas and seeks out stories from big-data projects that seem to have succeeded.
- Michel Dion believes that the way to manage complexity is to have a flexible model that will guide monitoring your project’s health.
- Stacey Barr suggests an approach to measuring results, rather than just activity.
- Michael Wood proposes a structured approach to measuring the quality of the project management process.
- Elizabeth Harrin reports from the Women in Technology Awards banquet in London.
- John Goodpasture distinguishes between organizational change and organizational transformation.
- Allen Ruddock notes that “best practices” for the PMO are only valuable if tailored to the needs of the organization.
- Glen Alleman give a couple of examples of value at risk modeling.
- Andy Jordan covers the basics of how a project manager should get to know the people on her project.
- Ryan Ogilvie uses a football metaphor for service delivery.
- Johanna Rothman is so over the cone of uncertainty for software development estimation.
- Ron Jeffries offers his thoughts on estimating software projects.
- Amit Sarkar considers the importance of release planning in making Agile methods successful.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Matthew Turner on what he learned in writing his new book, “Successful Mistake.” Just over an hour, safe for work.
- Seth Godin channels Maslow, constructing a Productivity Pyramid.
- Cheri Baker tells us how to apply first aid for the psychological wounds suffered by teams, at the hands of abusive managers.
- Coert Visser shares an anecdote about the challenge of helping a manager clearly communicate their expectations to the team.
- Bertrand Duperrin says that Big Data, natural language process, and other advanced techniques might not change recruiting (and resume processing) as much as we think.
- Scott Berkun extracts two key paragraphs about limited value of expert opinion, from an unclassified CIA study.
- Mark Phillips expands on a criticism by George Orwell, of writers who use catch phrases and buzz words to express themselves – and do it poorly. PM’s take heed!
- Nick Pisano explores the potential for a not invented here mindset to affect projects, organizations, and even entire societies.