New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 26 – October 2. And this week’s video: a critical analysis of Elon Musk’s SpaceX proposed Mars colonization project. And you thought your project was high-risk, with an overly ambitious schedule! Just seven minutes, safe for work.
Maria Konnikova looks into more recent research and finds that “10,000 hours of practice” is necessary, but probably not sufficient for mastery.
Maria Popova reviews “The Power Paradox: How we gain and lose influence,” by Dacher Keltner. Added to the top of my reading list.
Art Petty lists ten bullets of do’s and don’ts for the successful executive sponsor.
John Goodpasture addresses the nature of time in risk management: most risks are not static or stationary.
Johnny Beirne interviews Mike Clayton on the basics of risk management. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
Jenny Brown outlines recommended project performance metrics for use by the project manager or PMO in determining how to report RAG status.
Moira Alexander provides considerations and internal and external criteria for selecting the right project management methodology.
Elizabeth Harrin shares a slimmed-down version of a white paper on selection and implementation of project and portfolio management software.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of content on Agile methods, from Fake Agile to Cargo Cults and Agile Idiots, to 50 product management blogs you should be reading.
Johanna Rothman starts a series on what Agile project managers do (and do not).
Ryan Ripley interviews Justin Browder and Bryan Schoeff on how project managers can fit into an Agile team. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
Bart Gerardi continues his series on managers of Agile teams, with a close look at their responsibilities to the people and the company.
Mike Cohn argues against using the Sprint review as a sign-off meeting.
Kevin Aguanno reports on the growing use of Agile methods outside of the IT world.
Dave Prior interviews Jann Thomas and Adam Asch on working with distributed teams. Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
Tanya Tarr presents a case study of a freelance project manager who solved the real problem by not simply doing what the client demanded.
Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, explains how to determine when it’s time to terminate an employee, and how to do it respectfully.
Nate Vickery explains why a working Mom is the perfect project manager.
Technology and Techniques
Ryan Ogilvie points out that service delivery frequently crosses organizational boundaries, and so do opportunities to improve change management.
Ariel Amster notes that Big Data algorithms can only get you so far – at some point, you need human insight into human behavior.
Elise Stevens interviews Thomas Mai about storytelling in promoting organizational change. Just 21minutes, safe for work.
Robin Goldsmith details the notion of a value proposition as used in sales, and how to apply it to collecting business requirements.
Working and the Workplace
Seth Godin: “The average knowledge worker reads fewer than one business book a year. On the other hand, the above-average knowledge worker probably reads ten.”
John Friscia argues that making your boss happy is not your job; there are times you need to push back, and not just blindly follow orders.
Derek Huether believes you need three things in order to increase productivity: a system, a ritual that exercises it, and enough repetitions to make it a habit.
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.