New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 4 – 10. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Andrea Brockmeier recommends: if some project team members have to call in to a meeting, then everyone should, in order to level the playing field.
- Don Kim has discovered a new book, the “A Guide to the Scrum Body of Knowledge.” But Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber is calling bullshit.
- Jon Whitty argues that project management professional bodies are hampered by their business model from providing current knowledge and actionable information.
The Strategic View
- Daniel Burrus: “IT is quickly becoming an integrated collection of intelligent services that are on demand, on the move, and on any device.”
- Elizabeth Harrin has prepared an infographic on the benefits of project governance.
- Anya Faingersh expands on her earlier post regarding the Craftsman / Scientist / Artist framework to address the age-old question: can a non-expert lead experts?
PM Best Practices
- Shim Marom contemplates leadership agility, and the path to business agility.
- Johanna Rothman has some thoughts on creating a healthy project culture.
- Will Kelly shares some thoughts on making project management a team skill and behavior.
- Andy Jordan offers some advice on managing high-achievers (and their egos).
- Peter Taylor offers some tips on preparing for and delivering presentations.
- Glen Alleman addresses the potential for success with fixed dates, a fixed budget, and a list of promised features (AKA scope).
- Brad Egeland lists a few things your customer wishes you understood about them and the project.
- Audrey Thomas has some specifics on how we can apply Lean thinking to our projects.
Podcasts and Videos
- Samad Aidane interviews Dr. Harvey Maylor on his research into complexity, success criteria, and causes of error. Just 29 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Dr. Annetta Cheek, from the Center for Plain Language. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Samad Aidane on applications of cultural neuroscience for project managers. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
- Peter Saddington shares the most commonly asked questions asked during Scrum Master and Scrum Product owner training.
- Derek Huether has prepared a Cheat Sheet to help new team members understand the activity of grooming your backlog.
- Kelsey van Haaster tells the story of introducing Scrum to her organization, in the worst possible scenario, and how things are going twelve months on.
- Michiko Diby explains how her team shortened their stand-up from 30-45 minutes down to a more productive 10-20 minutes.
- Lynda Bourne references studies that have found physical changes in people provided with certain information, and what that means for your change initiative.
- John Goodpasture has some advice, one consultant to another: be selective about your clients. And don’t be afraid to de-select the bad ones!
New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 30 – October 6. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Didn’t get a chance to read all of the PM FlashBlog articles? No matter – Shim Marom has compiled the “best of!”
- Peter Saddington gets input from practitioners Don Gray, Derek Huether, Chris Goldsbury, and Mike Cottmeyer on making Agile work.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Business Analysis and Leadership,” edited by Penny Pullan and James Archer.
- David Hilson explains the difference between explicit and implicit risk.
- John Goodpasture notes that few risks are surprises. The hard part is actually hearing the warnings.
- Martin Webster: “Innovation is not thinking different. It is doing something different.”
- Donna Reed shares her thoughts on keeping the project team engaged.
- Dave Prior interviews Scrum coach, trainer, chicken-and-pig cartoonist, and author Mike Vizdos. Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews fellow project management blogger Elizabeth Harrin. Almost an hour and safe for work – what else would you expect?
- Jennifer Witt shows how to capture lessons learned at the end of a project. Or, in the middle. Just six minutes, safe for work.
- Patrick Weaver explains the difference between complexity and ambiguity. No excuses!
- Glen Alleman explores some key estimating takeaways from “Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering,” by Robert Glass.
- Patrick Gray makes the case for collecting use cases, as opposed to identifying requested features.
- Andy Jordan looks back fondly on a horrible project. Well, that’s the sort you learn the most from.
- Luis Seabra Coelho shows how loss aversion makes us disregard the sunken nature of our sunk costs.
- Chuck Morton starts a new series on governance maturity, at level 1.
- Neil Pragnell and his boss have a difference of opinion on whether to explicitly list what is “out of scope.”
- Daniel Hemhauser shares some advice on how to spend the last few minutes before stating the PMP exam.
- Scott Berkun has made a list of his favorite books about making software.
- Kailash Awati considers software-as-a-service offerings from the perspective of transactions costs.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 26 – September 1. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Vincent McGevna explains three important techniques: the five why’s, affinity diagrams, and mind maps.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Do Nothing! by Keith Murnighan and Real Influence, by Mark Goulston and John Ullmen.
- Linda Mitton tells us why managers don’t actually do anything.
- Soma Bhattacharya applies the broken glass theory, normally applied to vacant buildings, to team building.
- Shim Marom explains the central theme of Dylan Evans’ book, “Risk Intelligence – How to Live with Uncertainty.”
- Glen Alleman uses a vacation road trip as a metaphor for managing and planning in the presence of uncertainty.
- Matt Heuser explains how to get started in project portfolio management, by treating projects as investments, rather than expenses.
- Jen Skrabak summarizes the role of the portfolio manager, and previews the new Portfolio Management Professional certification from PMI.
- Mike Griffiths is an advocate for leveraging the PMO to facilitate the success of Agile projects.
- Chris Merryman continues his article on the role of the PM, in a transition to Scrum.
- Johanna Rothman says that in Agile program management, everything starts with trust.
- Martin Webster summarizes a classic book on project management, Robert Buttrick’s “The Project Workout.”
- Brett Beaubouef notes that collecting functional requirements in silos can result in ERP implementation failures.
- Joanne Wortman has worked on a few “cloud projects,” and shares some observations about what works. And, what does not.
- Peter Saddington hosts a guest post from Tiempo Development, on implementing Agile methods in multi-cultural work groups.
- Ian Webster uses a clip from “Dead Poet’s Society” to illustrate why stakeholder management takes more than a two-dimensional chart.
- Anthony Sherick has a short list of folks who might not be project managers, despite what their role description says.
- Brad Egeland wants us to shut off our filters when briefing the project sponsor / client. Just the facts, Ma’am …
- Bruce Benson advocates for measuring, collecting facts, and … well, understanding the problems at hand. Then deciding how to fix them.
- Craig Brown shares a classic clip from a Steve Jobs presentation. “It starts with the customer.”
- Cheri Baker has been cleaning out her software tool box. Here’s what she kept.
- Kerry Wills has some points of etiquette to share, regarding shared documents.