VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of January 4 – 10. Recommended:
Bruce Harpham shares part of his reading list from the last year, and urges us to make reading a key part of our professional development program in 2016.
Bob Tarne has been reading “Change by Design,” by Tim Brown. He’s found some interesting insights on the nature of constraints: feasibility, viability, and desirability.
Gurjeet Singh gives us some background on machine learning: what it is, what it can do, and what we should expect for the next few years. Established Methods
Michel Dion notes that not every project is an IT project, even when they involve software.
Deb Schaffer starts every project with the same question: “What does project success look like?”
Johanna Rothman questions the value of certifications and credentials in hiring.
Steve Olson extracts project management insights from his long experience in contract management.
Brad Rach points out a source of risk we might not have considered: the project manager.
Nancy Settle-Murphy shares some techniques for establishing a compelling presence in conference calls, where they can’t see your body language.
Mario Trentim has prepared a list of questions to ask for those organizations that want to start a PMO.
Tim Wasserman looks into the causes and effects of the gap between organizational strategy and executing on that strategy.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Peter Monkhouse on preventing failure by communicating based on how the project fits into the organization strategy. Just 16 minutes, safe for work. Agile Methods
The Clever PM reviews the twelve guiding principles listed in the Agile Manifesto.
Jonathan Schneider presents two scenarios for Agile transformation: one based on compliance, and one based on empowering teams in a pilot.
John Gilroy interviews Jesse Fewell on how Agile methods are being adopted by U.S. federal government agencies. Just 42 minutes, safe for work.
Tom McFarlin recommends a pragmatic approach: don’t over-engineer your solutions.
Angela Wick brings a business analyst’s eye to Agile methods. Applied Leadership
Gurpreet Singh presents an interesting metaphor for leadership: The Listening Tree.
Mike Clayton tutors us on influence and persuasion, including a list of persuasion tactics from his book, “How to Influence in Any Situation.”
Art Petty suggests we start a business revolution – by fighting corporate bureaucracy to eliminate obstacles.
Susanne Madsen coaches us on how to handle a demanding workload, by sharing it.
Lynda Bourne points out the signs that a project manager is on the path to becoming a great team leader. Trends and the New Year
New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 30 – April 5. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Seth Godin takes a systems-level view of the cost of panic. “Systems under severe stress degrade.” I don’t care what else you do today, read this.
Lynda Bourne gives an overview of the Salience Model of stakeholder assessment, which balances power, urgency, and legitimacy.
Coert Visser confirms what parents of teenagers have long suspected: demanding compliance is counter-productive. PM Best Practices
Elizabeth Harrin shares a graphic prepared by the KeyedIn Projects blog team, after a recent chat. If the Boss’s hair were more pointy, it would be a Dilbert cartoon.
Glen Alleman ties together some of the thoughts in his recent posts on making decisions in the presence of uncertainty.
John Goodpasture conducts a cost / benefit analysis of a new insurance product, and when it makes sense to transfer risk.
Harry Hall lists some of the ways we fail to ensure our projects meet quality requirements.
Wanda Curlee considers ways in which the CEO can use portfolio management to drive the organization in a desired direction.
Johanna Rothman presents an example of how to present your personal workload as a response to add to your queue.
Ryan Ogilvie conducts an analysis of comments posted to a problem management product website, and uncovers some trends.
Dan Furlong concludes his series on preparing for and facilitating meetings.
Charmaine Richman lists some guidelines for preparing and conducting conference calls. Agile Methods
Projects At Work shares the results of the ninth annual State of Agile survey from VersionOne.
Emanuele Passera gets us ready for swimming season, with a demonstration of how to use story points for estimation.
Mike Cohn notes that transparency is the ideal when sharing details from a retrospective, but there are legitimate exceptions.
Jesse Fewell shares his retrospective from his first full year as an independent Agile coach and trainer.
Deepak Joshi identifies roadblocks to building cross-functional teams. Leading
Michael Lopp identifies two leadership strengths that are more common in introverts.
Bruce Harpham reviews the most basic, most effective, and most frequently overlooked behavioral motivator – showing appreciation.
Michel Dion reviews Susanne Madsen’s book, “The Power of Project Leadership.” Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews engineering-and-hard-science project management master Glen Alleman. Just over an hour, worth every minutes, and safe for work.
Sven Johann and Eberhard Wolff define technical debt and discuss alternative approaches to managing it. Just 57 minutes, safe for work.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 23 – 29. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Ron Rosenhead shares some proven rules for project sponsors to use when briefing their project managers on the new project.
Harry Hall lists seven presentation principles that project managers can learn from the weatherman.
Toby Elwin distills some statistics on the Fortune 500 to make the point that the pace of change is increasing. And as project managers, we are agents of change! PM Best Practices
Glen Alleman describes a rigorous approach to estimating, which doesn’t assume that the past is entirely representative of the future.
Bruce Benson reports that, by starting their project planning earlier and focusing on quality, his company avoided finishing late and buggy.
Luis Seabra Coelho explains the difference between a project and a program.
Richard Lepsinger has some suggestions for helping remote workers stay connected.
Michelle Stronach looks at the PMO as a repository and source of “knowable project management.”
Ryan Ogilvie looks at knowledge management from the self-service perspective. It’s all about processing for consumption.
John Goodpasture considers the question of whether software actually fails, or just has faults. Burnt toast, anyone?
Nick Pisano looks into the sources of resistance to change, when enterprise software is the change agent.
Kathleen O’Connor interviews Mike Hughes, a consultant specializing in operational excellence, on why and how the IT department should say no. Agile Methods
Pawel Brodzinski notes the inherent fallacy in the Shu-Ha-Ri model of learning new skills.
Johanna Rothman explains some of the reasons why managers need estimates.
Kaushik Saha defines the INVEST acronym for user stories.
Nada Aldahleh describes six characteristics of effective product owners. Professional Development
Mike Griffiths looks at the statistics of the various credential programs from PMI, and plots a few trends.
Paul Ritchie breaks down what the new PMI recertification requirements mean to training organizations.
Steven Levy renews his membership in PMI, using software with an appallingly bad UX.
Bruce Harpham notes several things you can do to help new team members get up to speed, while instilling a positive attitude.
Elizabeth Harrin shares the contents of her reading pile. More accurately, her books to-finish-reading pile.
Jamie Hill extracts a few lessons from his new book, “Make Good Habits Stick.” Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Wes Schaeffer on the art and practice of sales and negotiating for project managers. Plus career tips from Dev Ramcharan and the must-read PM articles list from your truly. Just 36 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jamal Moustafaev on his new book, “Project Scope Management.” Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley have crafted a commercial for their new book, “Driving Project, Program, and Portfolio Success: The Sustainability Wheel.” Just three minutes, safe for work, it’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it.
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