New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 17 – March 2. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
Steven Levy continues his series on risk management with part 3. Links to the other articles in the series are on the top of each page. Highly recommended.
John Goodpasture explores the impact complexity has on cost and risk.
Geoff Crane defends his personal obsession with identifying project risks.
Elizabeth Harrin answers some questions on risk and issue reporting from one of her students.
Christian Bisson notes that risks aren’t always negatives. Sometimes, you can just have too much of a good thing. PM Best Practices
Shim Marom summarizes the arguments surrounding the #NoEstimates debate as a series of questions.
Glen Alleman addresses each of Shim’s questions on #NoEstimates.
Michael O’Brochta makes the case for establishing ethical standards and conducting ethics training, in support of ethical behavior.
Michelle Stronach recaps the current state of virtual training, from development of the materials to considerations for the learner.
Martin Webster covers coaching – why, how, and what questions to ask.
Alina Vrabie looks at the logistics of team collaboration – specifically, scheduling time for it.
Andy Jordan reflects on his experience remotely managing teams to identify lessons learned in maintaining project communication.
Anya Faingersh wonders whether management academic studies are relevant to the way we actually manage, and vice-versa. Project Governance
Jonathan Shaw has written a long article that illustrates why Big Data is a Big Deal. Highly recommended, but find a comfortable chair.
David Hillson summarizes the Five Capitals of Sustainability, as first described by the Forum for the Future in 2007.
Toby Elwin skewers the capability model as a substitute for competence.
Pawel Brodzinski explains why Kaizen boards, which track ideas for improvement and encourage team participation, usually don’t work.
Buddle Findlay tackles the procurement elephant in the room: making software development contracts Agile. Agile Methods
Peter Saddington gives us his thoughts on SAFe, the Structured Agile Framework, after attending the training.
Mike Cohn explains why the product owner has to make the call to abnormally terminate a sprint and start a new one.
Bart Gerardi offers some ideas on how to get the most out of your daily standup. For starters, don’t make it into a status meeting.
Rob Galanakis tells us why Scrum and XP fit so well together. Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Susanne Madsen on how to become a more effective leader. Just 59 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Bryan Barrow on his approach to project planning meetings, using index cards pre-printed with standard deliverables. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
Mark Phillipy interviews Carl Pritchard on his approach to risk management. Just 59 minutes, safe for work.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 10 – 16. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Thanks to Michel Dion at Project Aria for publishing my guest post on planning project human resources management. Recommended:
Zavain Dar invokes Immanuel Kant, to argue that Big Data is helping us move from logical analysis to a search for synthetic truths.
Lyndsey Gilpin summarizes ten key things to understand about 3D printing. PM Best Practices
Kevin Korterud wants us to manage the procurement department as both a team member and as a project stakeholder.
Tony Adams revisits risk management, not as a list of things to avoid, but as a means to find opportunities we can exploit.
David Hillson answers three key questions about risk management in complex projects, and how the strategies of flexibility and resilience can make the difference.
John Goodpasture considers an innovative presentation by Glen Alleman as a three-body problem, and asks if there should be four, or even five?
Martin Webster notes five early warning signs of ineffective leadership.
Anya Faingersh identifies four drivers for schedule delays. Project Governance
Tim Cushing summarizes the appalling state of the TECS upgrade project run by the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies.
Chi-Pong Wong identifies the six critical success factors for PMO success.
Todd Williams reviews “Strategies for Project Sponsorship,” by Vicki James, Ron Rosenhead, and Peter Taylor.
Michel Dion notes that different types of projects have different definitions of success. Agile Methods
Mike Griffiths notes, “Agile processes are an enabler for intelligent action, but not a guarantee of it.”
Johanna Rothman continues her series on the cost of delay, with the cost of indecision and the cost of technical debt.
Wayne Grant shares three more techniques for keeping retrospectives from getting stale.
Vijaya Kumar Bandaru explains Scrum through the metaphor of prescribing and adjusting your medication when sick. Productivity
Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth return from an eight-month absence with a post on [wait for it] … procrastination!
Lisa Evans makes the point that the office just might be the worst place to get things done.
Alina Vrabie reminds us of the origin of the eight-hour workday, and offers a few alternatives that might let us be more productive.
Michael Stanleigh lists twenty stress reducers for project managers.
Travis Bradberry explains how successful people stay calm.
Anita Bruzzese is on the warpath against bad Email practices. Podcasts and Videos
Elizabeth Harrin tells how to employ a customer satisfaction-centric project management improvement process. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
Cesar Abeid interviews David Sparks on how to tame the Email beast. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
Mark Phillipy interviews Samad Aidane on how to apply neuroscience to understand cultural differences. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 3 – 9. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
PM Best Practices
Michael Wood takes a comprehensive look at the challenges and benefits of virtual teams.
Glen Alleman announced that his new book, “Performance-based Project Management,” is available on Amazon in hardcover and Kindle versions.
Martin Webster considers wicked problems and clumsy solutions.
Michel Dion examines the business case for project information management, and best practices.
Carl Manello shares what he learned from using earned value metrics (badly) to manage a project.
Michael Lopp thinks we need to improve the universally hated status report. His solution: context. And a bit of snark, of course.
Geoff Crane looks at a project that went horribly over budget and over schedule, yet was unarguably a success. Project Governance
Aaron Smith extracts key points from the PMI 2014 Pulse of the Profession survey: to be competitive, organizations must focus on people, processes, and outcomes.
Johanna Rothman introduces an opportunity cost metric: the Cost of Delay. Here’s part two.
Mike Clayton concludes his series on project governance.
John Bauer continues his series on how to pitch your favorite project. There’s more than just a business case. Getting Your Point Across
Jo Ann Sweeney considers the nature of communication in a joint venture.
Ben Ferris coaches us on our negotiation practices.
Patti Gilchrist explores the recent Duck Dynasty controversy, from the perspective of stakeholder management.
Susanne Madsen analyzes resistance to change, at the emotional level.
Melanie McBride explains how to conditionally say ‘yes,’ in order to buy time to say ‘no.’ Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Chuck Frey, author of “Up Your Impact!” Just 51 minutes, safe for work, with a short comment from Peter Taylor near the beginning.
Cheri Baker interviews Richard Sherman on how to manage your management career, from his perspective as a recruiter and coach. Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner explains how to earn PDU’s by listening to the PM podcast. Just six minutes, safe for work. Agile Methods
Greg McKeown explains how to capture the “joy of missing out.” Simplify!
Amy Morin explains how we can apply the psychology of color when choosing paint for our office. New from Sherwin-Williams: “Joyful Yellow” and “Bored Pink.” PMI has published a
graphic novel (comic book, for us older folks) telling a tale of how an Agile practitioner saves the day in a blizzard. No, really!