VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of May 2 – 8. And this week’s video: a TED Talk interview with Linus Torvald, the man behind Linux and Git, who explains, “I am not a visionary, I’m an engineer.” Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
Elizabeth Harrin shares a video of her Imposter Syndrome presentation at PMI Synergy. Just 16 minutes long, safe for work.
Susanne Madsen begins a series on balancing positive and negative stress with the relationship between job pressure and job performance. There is an optimum level of stress!
Kevin Coleman describes the principles of managing what is being called a hybrid project, mixing Agile and Traditional methods. Established Methods
Dimitriy Nizhebetskiy gets us back to the basics on the Work Breakdown Structure.
Bart Gerardi shares five techniques for earning and keeping the trust of your project team, stakeholders, and sponsors.
Margaret Meloni posts an infographic that describes the four basic components of quality management.
Kailash Awati applies Oliver Williamson’s economics research in order to identify the hidden costs to IT outsourcing. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
Elise Stevens interviews Barbara Trautlein, who explains how to be a confident change leader. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
Shuba Kathikeyan profiles twenty notable project management professors from around the globe. If you’re looking for an academic program, this could be very useful.
Harry Hall lists twelve questions that will help you diagnose the effectiveness of your project risk management activities.
John Goodpasture explains the basics of fault and root cause analysis. Agile Methods
Mike Cohn explains how triangulation can prevent your story point estimates from escalating over time.
Johanna Rothman proposes a minimalist working definition of Agile.
Lynda Bourne looks at the maturing of Agile, as “the ridiculous excesses promoted by consultants and experts” fade into obscurity and pragmatism takes hold.
Pawel Brodzinski shows how Real Options helps achieve commitment from decision makers at the portfolio level to implementers at the feature level, in return for autonomy.
Peter Saddington shares an infographic that tells you everything you need to understand about the user experience. Applied Leadership
Moira Alexander points out the most common challenges in software project (and portfolio) management these days.
Liane Davey recommends, “When faced with emotion at work, focus on the issue, not the emotion.”
Nancy Settle-Murphy outlines Radical Civility, which she defines as, “A kind of personal armor that can help repel the damaging effects of rude behavior.” Virtual Teams
Lisette Sutherland explains how to discover the culture on your virtual team. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.
Danielle Koehler continues her series with HR expert Gail Rolls with a Q&A on managing remote workers.
Suzanne Lucas reports that the single most important thing needed for a productive team is psychological safety – the way the team interacts.
Hubstaff has a nice infographic on how to run a remote meeting. Since I lead such meetings several times a day, I can say: well done!
Michael Girdler provides a few tips on how to work from home effectively and efficiently.
Abby Wolfe presents the counter-point: working from home is over-rated.
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VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of April 4 – 10. And this week’s video: the first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully lands on a recovery ship.
Elizabeth Harrin walks us through her checklist for taking over a project already in flight.
Rich Maltzman reports on a project in Colorado that is taking food waste out of the land fill and converting it to energy, compost, and liquid fertilizer, by emulating digestion.
Harry Hall recaps each of the risk response strategies for positive and negative risks. Established Methods
Anna Krachey, Nicole Nagel, and Jonathan Lewis extol the virtues of designing in a “War room,” a la Dr. Strangelove.
John Goodpasture sticks tongue in cheek to examine our evolving attitude toward failure.
Angela Wick looks at two sources of project pressure: tight timelines and a pre-determined solution.
Tejasvi Addagada explores ways to integrate risk management principles with data governance.
Colin Ellis debunks the notion of “best practices” in project management.
Elise Stevens interviews Naomi Caietti on managing stakeholder expectations. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
Bruce Benson on automation: “Every key piece of management and decision-making software I ever developed and used was first a manual process that I personally did.”
Glen Alleman copies us on his systems engineering reference book list. Agile Methods
Dave Prior interviews the coolest man in the Agile community – Woody Zuill – on mob programming. Almost an hour, safe for work.
Johanna Rothman explores some Agile solutions for geographically distributed teams.
Mike Cohn has some recommendations for the Sprint summary document, from content to audience.
Nick Schaden answers the question, “How do you structure your design team?”
Shalu Tyagi recounts how selected Agile methods were implemented for business functions with a regular operating rhythm: HR, administration, and so on.
Craig Smith and Tony Ponton conduct random vox pop interviews at Agile Australia. Just 31 minutes, safe for work. Applied Leadership
Suzanne Lucas makes the case for emotional intelligence being more useful than a high IQ.
Alfred Stallion outlines the steps to take in improving your public speaking skills.
Michael Girdler reviews some basic approaches for overcoming resistance to change.
Eduardo Binda Zane, author of “Effective Decision Making,” looks at applying creativity in business and tells us that brainstorming is overrated.
Seth Godin reminds us that we are more powerful than we realize.
Adam Shostack explains why the information security slogan, “Think like an attacker,” isn’t actionable.
David Barrett interviews Roy Osing, author of “Be Different or Be Dead,” on strategic planning. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
Jeff Collins recommends his five favorite project management podcasts.
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Tagged Agile Project Management, Change Management, Kanban, Leadership, Project Management, Project Management Articles, Risk Management, Scrum, Stakeholder Management, Strategic Analysis, Teams |
VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 28 – April 3. And this week’s video: Coert Vissar diagrams the difference in motivation between our autonomous choices and those choices made for us. Complete with a slide guitar soundtrack; two minutes, safe for work.
Johanna Rothman’s new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management,” is now available.
Harry Hall shares three brief videos on making and executing better decisions.
Nancy Settle-Murphy explains how to get a conversation going by asking the right questions. If you spend much of your working day on conference calls, be sure to read this! Established Methods
Laura Barnard applies some lessons on stakeholder management learned from Fred Rogers.
Elise Stevens interviews Julie Goff on managing a team of project managers. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
Elizabeth Harrin shares her recent reading list. What does work-life balance look like? Well, start here.
Klaus Nielsen applies lessons from Daniel Kahneman’s book, “Thinking: Fast and Slow” to project management.
Dave Wakeman articulates the five steps in putting a new process in place.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Joe Drammissi on Enlightened Project Management. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
Nick Pisoni explains the difference between measuring progress against plan (earned value) and progress during development (technical performance).
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy gets us back to basics in describing what to include in a project plan.
Glen Alleman adapts Jon Stewart’s final rant on “The Daily Show” to direct it toward his favorite target, the #NoEstimates movement. Agile Methods
Mishkin Berteig lays out the four principles of refactoring. Sometimes, good software engineering can be a metaphor for life.
John Goodpasture introduces the notion of coupling to a discussion of architecture in an Agile approach.
The Clever PM (possibly) concludes his series, “Why Agile isn’t working for me.” This time, the focus is on individual actions.
Jake Bartlett points out some of the reasons Agile is hard to adopt. Applied Leadership
Kathleen O’Connor interviews Ray Zinn, who founded and led semiconductor manufacturer Micrel for 37 years, on key lessons from his new book, “Tough Things First.”
Liane Davey shares a simple exercise that exposes each participant’s default reaction to change.
Peter Saddington shares a great infographic: 18 Things Mentally Strong People Do.
Scott Berkun uses the history of the Eiffel Tower to illustrate what it takes to drive real innovation and see it produce real change.
Eileen Burton says that great leaders are those who step up in a crisis. Pot Pouri
Suzanne Lucas says that recruiters are good at spotting lies. Here are a few things that you really don’t need to lie about.
Jamie Hale gives us science-based recommendations on how to study. Key point: we best remember that which we best understand.
Steve Johnson identifies four “areas of expertise” that should drive what is (and isn’t) required in a job candidate.
Paul Sawyers opines on the market viability of an internet of consumer product things. Who needs a smart oven in the microwave society?
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