New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 16 – 22. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Michel Dion advocates for informal communication, as 75% or more of the communication on a project.
- Sreenivas Kunapuli describes what might be the first new contract type in decades: the pre-paid staffing model.
- Paul Ritchie points out the value of a PMO in mergers and divestitures. Having been through more than a few myself, I agree completely.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Brett Harned on how his project teams use Slack as a communication platform.
- Lindsey Patterson reviews the technology and techniques available for maintaining communications with team members working away from the office.
- Gina Abudi tells how to handle that rare problem of an overly-engaged project sponsor.
- Wanda Curlee briefs us on this year’s PMO symposium in Phoenix, from the perspective of a portfolio manager.
- Adam Shostack finds new information security wisdom in a relatively old book: Henry Petroski’s “The Evolution of Useful Things.”
- Dave Wakeman explains how to mix innovation in with a structured approach to project management.
- Jeff Collins details the steps to close out a project.
- Kerry Wills says that action items need a date, so he schedules a meeting to get an update from the person assigned to the action.
- Mike Cohn says there is value in the work not assigned. It gives people a chance to step up and lead.
- Glen Alleman shares an incredibly long Agile-at-Scale reading list.
- Johanna Rothman begins a series: how long are your Scrum iterations?
- Bruce Harpham provides a quick introduction to user stories, as a mechanism for identifying requirements.
- Derek Huether on choosing an Agile framework: “Look for a framework that looks like a potential organizational end-state.”
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jack Ferraro on his paper, “Measure Twice, Change Once: Practical Strategies for Change Management.” Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
- Mike Clayton summarizes recent research into resistance to change.
- Colin Ellis says the best thing about project management is “Knowing that you brought a team of people together and collectively created something special.”
- Coert Visser observes that letting go of our limiting beliefs is necessary in order to play a positive role in the world.
- John Goodpasture has some advice for the introvert attending a conference.
- Elise Stevens interviews John Hinwood on stress addiction: “Stress acts in the same brain regions as other addictive substances.” Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 19 – 25. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Seth Godin uses the Boeing 747 as a metaphor for large projects and organizations: as scale increases, gravity takes more of a toll, and everything becomes harder.
- Bertrand Duperrin notes that the connected economy, robots, and drones will push our collective acceptance of risk farther than ever.
- David Needle summarizes data science iconoclast Nate Silver’s keynote address at the Rich Data Summit. “Big Data has peaked, and that’s a good thing.”
- Kailash Awati tells a little story about a proof of concept, which proved only that … well, I’ll let him tell you.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Cesar Abeid’s new book, “Project management For You.”
- Henny Portman reviews “Transforming Business with Program Management,” by Satish Subramanian.
- John Goodpasture recounts a story about the voice of the customer, where the speaker was a Marine Corps General.
- Todd Williams makes a good case for the PMO as a temporary organization – a project, with a specific goal and a time box, rather than a bureaucracy.
- Marian Haus argues that scope management is the primary enabler of project success.
- Rich Maltzman extracts key understandings from the recent PMI “Pulse of the Profession” report, which reinforces the message in his latest book.
- Pat Weaver gives us an overview and a link to the Guild of Project Controls Body of Knowledge.
- Nick Pisano editorializes on the U.S. Defense Contract Management Agency.
- Phillip Smith describes Kaizen, as applied to a project.
- Kerry Wills notes a key similarity between middle school math and project execution.
- Joseph Czarnecki contrasts classical and jazz, traditional methods and waterfall, and gets us to consider a mindset.
- Kelsey van Haaster gives us a tutorial on Blitz Planning, where the goal is to identify the earliest point at which business value can be delivered.
- Glen Alleman puts “classic” risk management in perspective for Agile methods.
- Mike Cohn explains why the UX designer is typically looking ahead, to the next sprint and beyond.
- Harry Hall asks five fierce questions, “…to help you identify the deeper things that are limiting your effectiveness.”
- Bruce Harpham examines three strategies for earning the right to influence others.
- Art Petty coaches us on how to get past a career setback.
- Penelope Trunk coaches us on how to answer the three interview questions. Yes, there are only three – they just get asked in different ways.
- Elise Stevens interviews Cesar Abeid on his new book, “Project Management For You.” Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 12 – 18. We give you a clear view, so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Steve Cheney explains how Steve Jobs positioned Apple to dominate the world for the next ten years, when everything including electric cars will be simply a mobile device.
- John Goodpasture explains bureaucracy as an organization where “No” has more power than ”Yes.” Think of it as institutionalized hesitation.
- Martin Abbott and Mike Fisher contrast two organizational mindsets: IT service delivery, and technology product development. They need very different management approaches!
- Harry Hall shows why you need a complete understanding of the risks and issues before you develop a risk response.
- Allen Ruddock looks at risk and issue management at the program and portfolio level.
- Henny Portman reviews two more “little” books from Nine Feet Tall: “The little book of Portfolio Management” and “The little book of Project Methodologies.”
- Andy Jordan examines the challenges of establishing a management structure for large projects.
- Glen Alleman debunks Hofstadter’s Law: “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.”
- Ryan Ogilvie opens with the question,” Is your Service Desk still relevant?” It’s all about interacting with customers.
- Mike Griffiths details the human resources practice of talent management, as applied to Agile teams.
- Bruce Harpham has collected ten resources for project managers who want to get a better understanding of Agile methods.
- Mike Cohn uses a restaurant example to demonstrate that changing requirements have a cost, even if it’s not made visible to the customer.
- Elizabeth Harrin on IT projects: “There is no dichotomy of IT and ‘the business.’ IT is part of the business.” Hear, hear!
- Cyndee Miller summarizes the lessons learned from David Robertson’s PMI Keynote address on how Lego got away from “disruptive innovation” and re-engaged their customers.
- Seth Godin extends our understanding of infrastructure, to include culture.
- Pawel Brodzinski that there is no safe way to experiment with culture.
- Suzanne Lucas has rounded up five online classes that will help you brush up on key leadership skills.
- Steven Levy presents a mix of common, uncommon, and whimsical clocks, and their meaning to our working lives.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews instructor Maria Matarelli on the Certified Scrum Master program and the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification. Just 38 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Victor Carter-Bey on the PMI Talent Triangle, and coming changes to PMP continuing education requirements. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
- Jon Whitty deconstructs the “capability engine” of a café to produce a great cup of coffee as six business elements, all in balance – the Syllk model. Just six minutes, safe for work.
- Bryan Orr interviews Cesar Abeid on his new book, “Project Management for You,” and how project management applies to small business. Just 20 minutes, safe for work.
- The Electric Cloud hosts a panel discussion on Agile in Large Enterprises with Johanna Rothman, Todd Decapua, Josh Sieden, and Todd Miller. Not quite an hour, safe for work.
- Elise Stevens interviews Gillian Klette on managing organizational change as if the current state were a dance, and you are changing the rhythm. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.