New PM Articles for the Week of September 19 – 25

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.

Must read!

  • 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?

Established Methods

  • 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.
  • Brian Livingston describes good, bad, and ugly results of project closeout.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of new articles and posts on Agile topics, from people and teams to frameworks and products.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Lean Machine, which describes how Harley-Davidson adopted lean product development.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his gorilla, Hogarth, explain that Agile coaches are like vampires: they have to be invited in.
  • Christian van Stom describes the motivational retrospective, as way to not just refine a process but develop a desirable culture.
  • Dave Prior interviews Agile Manifesto signer Alistair Cockburn in a long (79 minutes), wide-ranging conversation on consulting, Agile, and lifestyle. Safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Kent Lefner makes a table of the top ten reasons projects fail from a study by PWC and includes key indicators and considerations for each.
  • The Clever PM makes the practical case for limiting the choices we present to both our teams and the executives.
  • Elizabeth McCormick describes the venerable concept of a Mastermind and explains what you can get from being a party to one.
  • Art Petty lays out five ways we can productive work with people we actively dislike.

Technology and Techniques

  • James Kobelius explains how to apply industrial-style discipline to the development of business analytics.
  • Kupe Kupersmith describes Lean Business Analysis, and a way to reduce waste in getting to decisions.
  • Nicholas Malahosky details twelve ways to improve cross-office collaboration.

Working and the Workplace

  • Bertrand Duperrin looks at a modern torture we inflict on ourselves: the notifications from our devices that interrupt us dozens of times a day.
  • Coert Visser examines deep work, (self-) interruptions and attention residue, and the positive impact of brief breaks.
  • Lisette Sutherland wonders whether it’s time for a digital vacation. Less than eight minutes, safe for work, even if you’ve already set up your out of office message.
  • Brendan Toner revisits his task management review for the new version: Droptask2.0.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 18 – 24

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.
  • Steven Pressfield lists ten classic books on productivity, old and new.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 11 – 17

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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 …

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman defines swarming, mobbing, and pairing, in great detail.
  • The Clever PM identifies three primary skills of great product managers.
  • Michael Kogan shares some procedural lessons learned from conducting retrospectives.
  • Angela Wick contrasts feature thinking and value thinking.
  • Ryan Ripley chairs a round table of sorts on the GROWS method, with Andy Hunt, Jared Richardson, and Don Gray. Just 55 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty recommends that we think and act “in the moment.” The past matters and so does the future, but what we do right now matters far more.
  • Walt Grassl shares a parable about establishing a culture of trust, which he turns into a sort of checklist.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Niraj Kumar on developing project leadership skills. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Gillian Klette on how to incorporate feedback into your leadership plan, including positive comments. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Liane Davey describes the constructive mindset, as a prerequisite for giving feedback.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland shares some of the best productivity she tips she collected over many years and interviews. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Hambrick and Ullén summarize recent research into whether genes or deliberate practice drive excellence and expertise. The twins research is very interesting.
  • Keith Rollag answers questions posed in the webinar, “What to do when you’re new: how to be comfortable, confident, and successful in new situations.”

Enjoy!