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!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 27 – July 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 27 – July 3. And this week’s video: Australian software project manager Adrian Fittolani’s TEDx talk at Deakin University on why being more selective about your TV watching might be the key to both achieving your goals and feeling more relaxed. Yes, it’s a video – but you can choose whether to watch it.

Must read!

  • Louis Columbus reports on the ways machine learning is impacting manufacturing, from production capacity and waste reduction to manufacturing-as-a-service.
  • Lynda Bourne notes some lessons learned on selling change, in the context of Brexit. “It helps if they are unhappy with the status quo.”
  • Chris Middleton speculates on the impact of Brexit on data protection, data transfer, and privacy. These issues will matter to IT project managers in almost every country.

Established Methods

  • Maria Nordberg interviews David Hillson, the Risk Doctor, on how uncertainties in work and project should be handled. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture opines that the first question of risk management should be, “Where does the slack go?”
  • Matthew Squair looks at the ramifications of the first fatality attributed to Tesla’s autopilot, while humming an old song by The Doors.
  • Nick Pisoni points out the limitations of earned value management, especially in managing contracts and risks.
  • Elizabeth Harrin has some recommendations for getting benefits from new tools brought in by team members without getting bogged down in tech adoption.
  • Beth Spriggs notes that a large project has to overcome more inertia than a small one, and describes a process to get things moving.
  • Ryan Ogilvie looks at the strategic considerations that must be addressed by a knowledge management solution.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on product owners and learning with parts 4 and 5.
  • Siddalingesh Zalaki shares a product owner’s view of story maturity, and how to achieve it.
  • The Clever PM describes several indicators of an Agile culture.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Christopher Avery on the responsibility process. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Griffiths has prepared a mind map for those preparing for the PMI-ACP exam.

Applied Leadership

  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy has posted the ultimate guide to effective team meetings.
  • Mike Clayton lists a few attributes of a good project manager.
  • Susanne Madsen points out the most common communication mistakes.
  • Joe Curcillo explains a team-building acronym: GLUE.
  • Stuart Easton sees the Brexit vote as a sign of the failure to build a consensus on the meaning of the leadership’s vision for the organization.

Working and the Workplace

  • Art Petty invokes W. Edwards Deming and Frank Herbert in identifying two types of fear and how to neutralize them.
  • Bertrand Duperrin reviews “The Digital Renaissance of Work: Delivering Digital Workplaces Fit for the Future,” by Paul Miller and Elizabeth Marsh.
  • Lisette Sutherland tells how to combat loneliness as a remote worker. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham lists 30(!) resources to help grow your network and your career.
  • Peter Saddington shares a list of ten things that require zero talent, but make all the difference.

Enjoy!