New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 19 – 25. And this week’s video: psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness inspires productivity. Just 12 minutes, safe for work, but people will crowd around to see why you’re laughing uncontrollably.
Mike Clayton describes Kurt Lewin’s Freeze Phases model of organizational change, which is predicated on the notion of driving forces and restraining forces.
Esther Derby collates a list of questions that could lead to more effective organizational change, if they were only asked.
Ryan Avent scans past the disruptive trends of automation replacing humans to ask the question: what will a world without work be like and how can we make it livable?
Elizabeth Harrin celebrates ten years of blogging by following up on the best articles from each of those years (and the most popular so far from 2016).
Harry Hall tutors us on the management reserve for project budgets.
Shuba Kathikeyan summarizes the steps in project cost management, and recommends several good practices for project managers.
John Goodpasture makes the counter-case: measuring everything may be more detrimental than no measurements at all.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dave Davis on achieving benefits realization management. Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 18 – 24. And this week’s video: the maiden flight of Aquila, Facebook’s solar-powered unmanned aircraft, designed to bring internet connectivity to the rest of the world. Just three minutes, safe for work.
Harry Hall describes several responses that project managers might make to respond to stakeholder conflict – not all of them good.
Paul Culmsee and his kids prepared a four-minute video they call “A TEDdy Talk,” explaining his new book with Kailash Awati, “The Heretic’s Guide to Management.” Safe for work.
PMI announced that the PMBOK Guide-Sixth Edition, with extended coverage of Agile methods, and a practice guide focused on Agile will be released during the third quarter of 2017.
Elizabeth Harrin makes the argument that contributions to organizational strategic goals are a more useful project metric than alignment with those strategic goals.
Stuart Easton describes the annual project budgeting process as a “beauty parade,” and challenges the PMO to define value.
Priyanka Chakraborty reports that IT project failure rates are essentially unchanged from three years ago. If we can’t be good, let’s at least be predictable?
John Goodpasture expands on a quote from Tony Hoare to explore the inductive nature of software testing.
PMI has made their Pulse of the Profession 2016 report available for download. Title: “Delivering Value: Focus on benefits during project execution.”
Mike Griffiths models the business case for when software development outsourcing makes sense.
Glen Alleman shares his reading list of systems engineering textbooks.
Keith Foote gives us a primer on Big Data and cloud security.
Johanna Rothman posted a two-part series on how to get to a frictionless release. Here’s part 2.
Dave Prior interviews Liana Dore, Agile Governance lead for eVestment, on the Agile PMO. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Cohn addresses the question posed by the #NoProjects folks.
Lance Knight recounts a tale of two Scrum teams: one with a ScrumMaster who understood team dynamics, and one … well, you get the idea.
Natalie Warnert notes that even software teams grieve at the end of their projects.
David Robins offers some thoughts on managing remote workers, from processes and tools to characteristics of people who can and cannot work well remotely.
Kathleen O’Connor interviews former HR executive Larry Solomon on his new book, “Translate, Motivate, Activate: A Leader’s Guide to Mobilizing Change.”
Michael Lopp announces coming release of the third edition of “Managing Humans.”
Bas de Baat lists the actions needed to get a team “in the zone.”
Working and the Workplace
Microsoft announced the Microsoft Professional Degree program, “A university caliber curriculum for professionals at any stage in their career.”
Kristin Hillery collected ideas on maintaining work-life balance from a number of folks who work from offices in their home.
Elise Stevens interviews Jane Anderson on using LinkedIn to build your personal brand. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
Suzanne Lucas briefs us on compliance with the new overtime regulations here in the US.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 11 – 17. And this week’s video: John Kotter explains how an organization that starts out entrepreneurial and agile becomes a bureaucracy, and why it’s hard to reverse the process. Just six minutes, safe for work.
Ben Tarnoff recounts the story of how the first internet connection was demonstrated forty years ago this summer, at a beer garden in Portola Valley, a suburb of Palo Alto.
Bruce Harpham reflects on the phenomenon of ego depletion – the gradual loss of self-control after multiple challenges – and other sources of energy depletion.
Paul Reubens reports on how global engineering firm Atkins made the decision to migrate to Office 365, and what they learned along the way.
Paul Culmsee and Kailash Awati have published a new book, “The Heretic’s Guide to Management.” They say it’s about ambiguity, teddy bears, and fetishes – OK!
Harry Hall shows how to create and use a stakeholder register. Just 4 minutes, safe for work.
Laura Barnard shares her thoughts on the business case for the PMO as value creator.
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Traci Duez, who explains how she got into project management and then into speaking about project management.
Seth Godin reminds us that decisions about the future should not be about the past.
John Goodpasture ruminates on Matthew Squair’s representation of the risk spectrum, from known to unknown to unknowable.
Adam Shostack challenges information security professionals to hold themselves to the same standards as those who build bridges.
Paramita Ghosh details the skills required to be a data scientist. You start with business skills …