New PM Articles for the Week of March 3 – 9

NewsboyNew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 3 – 9. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:

Evolution

  • Cheri Baker explains why most of her consulting customers are social enterprises (and why that’s really cool).
  • Linky van der Merwe examines PMI’s recent survey on the global growth of project management to understand what it means to us practitioners.
  • Peter Taylor expands on a statement by J. LeRoy Ward regarding the ever-evolving practice of project management.
  • Susanne Madsen exhorts us to become project champions.

Risk Management

  • Steven Levy follows up on his series on risk management, with recommendations on how to apply the principles he described to a legal practice.
  • Andy Jordan continues his series on managing risks across the organization, through collaboration and common processes.

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman takes the point of view of the people who pay for a software development project to explain why estimates are needed.
  • Henny Portman summarizes the Management of Value approach.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Ann Pilkington’s new book, “Communicating Projects.”
  • Dave Wakeman tells why integrity, adaptability, and judgment are absolutely required by all project managers.
  • Martin Webster tells us how to create a shared vision across the project team.
  • Allen Ruddock explores a tough scenario on managing up.
  • Michael Nir exposes the basics of stakeholder management, as told in a children’s book.
  • Brett Beaubouef shares a technique for conducting an organizations fit/gap.
  • Jennifer Lonoff Schiff collects twelve suggestions from data management and disaster recovery experts on how to design for data survival.

Complexity

  • Shim Marom describes the Cynefin model for problem domains, and finds a domain where #NoEstimates actually seems appropriate.
  • John Goodpasture considers alternatives to complexity.
  • Kailash Awati tells the fable of an architect and the conscience he argues with, to tell why you can’t just gather your requirements at headquarters.
  • Matthew Squair explores the evolution of initial designs, from obvious to plainly unworkable.

Agile Methods

  • Kelsey van Haaster unpacks her thoughts about whether making an exception to the team’s Scrum timeline is Agile.
  • Soma Bhattacharya asks whether managers are a benefit or a hindrance to Agile, and explains why a Scrum Master should not be a decision maker.
  • Francesco Attanasio describes what he calls “Scrum Master 2.0.”
  • Adam Zuzanski explores different ways to present information as a burn-down chart.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Mark Phillipy hosts a Google Hangout to follow up on the second PM FlashBlog, Project Management Around the World. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.
  • Peter Saddington shares a recent TED talk by Rosalinde Torres on the three questions that great leaders contemplate in the 21st century. Just nine minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 20 – 26

Dennis the NewsboyNew project management articles published on the web during the week of January 20 – 26. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Pawel Brodzinski defines “the leadership gap,” and how to close it.
  • Tony Consentino reports on research that shows analytics will be a top business technology priority in 2014.
  • Mary Shacklett details how Cloud solutions are being used to reduce operational risk in five specific supply chain management cases.
  • Elizabeth Harrin follows up last week’s book review with an interview of Brigitte Cobb, author of get-things-done book, “Make it Fly.”
  • Michelle Symonds says we shouldn’t ignore scope and schedule, just to stay within budget.
  • Glen Alleman says that the key to delivering value is showing up on time, on budget, with the needed capabilities.

Communication

  • Dave Wakeman tells how to improve your communications by being more focused and conscious.
  • Cheri Baker shows how to be open to feedback, based on lessons learned from writing her first novel.
  • Steven Levy finds an interesting lesson on communication on Richard Sherman’s adrenalin-filled post-game interview, last Sunday. Go, Seahawks!
  • Brad Egeland concludes his series on delivering bad news to your client.
  • Tony Adams quotes Nietzsche on why people don’t want to hear the truth, and then explains why you tell them, anyway, in terms that matter to them.

Project Management Metaphors

  • Bruce Benson finds lessons for project managers (and their managers) in a slightly confused “war on dementia” public awareness campaign.
  • Nicole Scrudato explains why project management is like a trip to Las Vegas. And to those of you planning to come here: thank you for supporting our economy!
  • Tim Walker explores diagnosing and treating a bad project manager.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews blogger Jared Easley on overcoming self-doubt, and how he “got” Seth Godin for a blog interview. Just 41 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dr. Emad Rahim, who explains how to identify stakeholders. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
  • Peter Saddington shared a video depicting a conference call in real life. Just four minutes, safe for work, but too accurate to be anything but depressing.
  • Barry Hodge shared a video by Marie Forleo on how to improve your communication skills by inserting an “intentional, awkward pause.” Just six minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • John Goodpasture expands on a recent comment by Mike Griffiths, detailing traits of good (and bad) product owners.
  • Adrian Fittolani reflects on making the practice of Scrum evolve, and recommends a few good books.
  • Peter Saddington shares a badly distorted view of Agile, derived from listening to consultants and reading Gartner Group reports. “The Sluggish Manifesto?”
  • Christian Vos explains why you need a definition of “done” at the sprint and release level in Scrum.
  • Wayne Grant explains how to get to a definition of “done,” at the user story level.

Pot Pouri

  • Shane Snow finds wearable tech devices all share the same problem as early MP3 players – they all suck for different reasons, because they’re not about what users want.
  • Scott Berkun reviews Tom Standage’s book, “Writing on the Wall: The First 2,000 Years of Social Media.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 4 – 10

Cherry PickingNew 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:

Must read

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Pot Pouri

  • 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!

Enjoy!