New PM Articles for the Week of April 25 – May 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 25 – May 1. And this week’s video: Nixie Pixel explains how to install and use KeePass, my favorite every-platform password manager. Just over six minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Lynda Bourne expounds on the nature and sources of reputational risk and dealing with reputational risk events.
  • Cade Metz reports on the founding of OpenAI, the new firm founded by Elon musk and Sam Altman which will create transformative technology and then give it away.
  • Bertrand Duperrin shares his analysis of PWC’s 2016 Global CEO Survey. Key takeaway: business has to redefine success in order to be successful.

Established Methods

  • John Goodpasture: “Risk management does not set policy for the project office; it only sets the left and right-hand boundaries for the vision, or for the project policies.”
  • Laura Barnard explains why PMO success is driven more by building trust than by establishing repeatable processes.
  • Ryan Ogilvie lays out some strategies for what to do when your IT service improvement program stops improving – there are paths past the plateau.
  • Rich Maltzman notes project portfolio management lessons in Ken Burn’s documentary, “National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” and E.O. Wilson’s “Half Earth.”
  • Danie van den Berg makes the case for diagrams and visuals, and just drawing things during meetings.

Agile Methods

  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Johanna Rothman on organizing geographically distributed teams. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bart Gerardi shows how and when to use a story point value of zero.
  • Vyom Bharagwaj describes two common estimating techniques: Wideband Delphi and Planning Poker.
  • The Clever PM begins a series on Product Management Fundamentals: Working with designers.
  • Alex DiPasquale outlines the importance of properly written acceptance criteria.
  • Dave Duggal notes that the proliferation of API’s, whether SOAP /WSDL or REST, is making every software app a collection of integration experiments.

Applied Leadership

  • Harry Hall tells how to manage that project team member who isn’t performing.
  • Art Petty speaks out on the “inner game of leading,” meaning the mental attitude that drives our behavior.
  • Tony, Renee, Craig, and Tyson interview David Marquet, author of “Turn the Ship Around!” Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews occupational psychologist Sharon De Mascia on developing a coaching approach in project management. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Shawn Quigley and Jon Quigley note the critical contribution of project management to the Learning Organization.
  • Bruce Harpham interviews Steve Ressler, founder of GovLoop, on becoming an effective leader.

Pot Pouri

  • Elizabeth Harrin reveals her recent reading, from the inspirational “Personal Best” to “The Social Project Manager,” to a travel guide and more.
  • Penelope Trunk notes that Generation Y is starting new businesses at a slower rate than Gen X. Entrepreneurship is being replaced with free-lancing.
  • Jeff Collins lists five skills that project managers should include in their resumes, preferably in describing their accomplishments.
  • Sara McCord identifies four behaviors that can derail your job search – even when you’re a perfect fit.
  • Alyse Kalish posts an infographic on various ways to make yourself fall asleep faster. Not listed, but my favorite technique: three-suit Spider Solitaire [yawn] …

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 14 – 20

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 14 – 20. And this week’s video: How to peel a sticky note. Yes, we’ve been doing it wrong all these years.

Must read!

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Participative Transformation,” by Roger Klev and Morten Levin. Change your thinking about changing people’s thinking (and behavior).
  • Soma Bhattacharya reviews Harold Kerzner’s new book, “Project Management 2.0.”
  • Bart Gerardi decomposes three root causes of indecision.
  • Brad Egeland makes the case for developing a project glossary, defining technical terms. And maybe business terms, too. You guys know about garnishments, right?
  • Kailash Awati defines sensemaking, in the context of identifying the problem to be solved in the presented situation.
  • Harry Hall shares a short video and article on improving your quantitative risk analysis, using common tools and techniques.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Karl Pritchard on risk management for real project managers. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy recaps the basic principles of project planning.
  • Ken Martin reviews the basics of stakeholder management.
  • Kerry Wills invokes Dr. Phil (seriously?) on making our stakeholders aware of the consequences of key actions.

Agile Methods

  • Dave Prior interviews Johanna Rothman on key Agile leadership skills. Just 45 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kaushik Saha explains Disciplined Agile Delivery, and why he thinks it is superior to Scrum.
  • The Clever PM points out the potential pitfalls of a bias toward action, absent an understanding of the risks.
  • Brendan Toner provides an advance view of the Kanban plugin available for AbstractSpoon’s ToDoList.

Applied Leadership

  • David Manheim reflects on the inexorable trend toward inflexible corporate bureaucracies, and what it means to the future of work.
  • Aaron Whittenberger explains how to become a trusted advisor.
  • Mark Nichols explains why we suck at work-life balance. Be prepared for extreme depression.

Pot Pouri

  • Laura Barnard shares her PMO-manager opinion on resumes. After I finished reading this, I touched up my resume – highly recommended.
  • Bruce Harpham reviews Cynthia Shapiro’s book on developing your career, “Corporate Confidential.”
  • Katharine Noyes details HP’s new offering, machine-learning API’s for Microsoft Azure. So, MLaaS is now a thing?
  • Paul Sawers reports on Shutterstock’s application of machine learning to search: upload a photo, and they’ll show you similar images.
  • Peter Saddington adds two 21st century levels to Maslow’s hierarchy of basic human needs. I listed this last because you’ll be laughing too hard to read anything else.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Seth Godin on the difference between leadership and management. “The Beatles didn’t invent teenagers, they just showed up to lead them.”

Must read!

  • Michael Mankin on the dark side of Metcalfe’s Law: “As the cost of communications decreases, the number of interactions increases exponentially, as does the time required to process them.”
  • Daniel Zacarias shows how working with stakeholders to better define the problem can give more useful and sustainable results than focusing on proposed solutions.
  • Michael Sueoka argues, “You shouldn’t always design what people want – you should design what people need.” What will you do with this? What will you be able to stop doing?

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Project-Driven Creation,” a results-driven methodology handbook by Jo Bos, Ernst Harting and Marlet Hesslelink.
  • Peter Taylor and Karolina Jackson-Ward discuss value-driven leadership. About 42 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nick Pisano mixes science fiction and religion in with his thoughts on three widely used marketing labels: “Web-based,” “Cloud,” and “Big Data.”
  • Robert Wysocki explains a lean bundled change management process that integrates well with the PRINCE2 stage planning process.
  • Ian Whittingham explains the Triple Constraint of project ethics: integrity, trust, and accountability.
  • Kerry Wills categorizes his meetings into five broad types, and tries to optimize the mix.

Agile Methods

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Johanna Rothman on the estimating methods in her new book, “Predicting the Unpredictable.” Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn relates the Agile lesson learned from his recent “world’s shortest hotel stay.” Incremental delivery helps you recover from mistakes quickly.
  • Todd Holden describes “innovation days,” as events designed to foster innovations as a cultural value.
  • The Clever PM continues his occasional series on “why Agile isn’t working for me,” with observations on the impact of inadequate knowledge, commitment and progress.

Applied Leadership

  • Donna Reed summarizes the key messages from Stephen Denning’s book, “The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management.”
  • Aaron Smith reviews “Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance,” by Mario Moussa, Ph.D., Madeline Boyer and Derek Newberry, Ph.D.
  • Bruce Harpham reviews “The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, and Change the Way You Lead Forever,” by Michael Stanier.
  • Liane Davey lays out guidelines for giving feedback to people who don’t report to you.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Laura Barnard on getting people to overcome their doubts and embrace change. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pouri

  • Cameron Conaway reports on sledgehammer innovation, “What happens when a brilliant idea is paired with the grit of hard labor,” at Cree, an LED technology firm.
  • Art Petty interviews Eric Wallor and Michael Lucchesi, proprietors of a running coaching business, on why work ethic beats talent. Just 38 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture extols the virtues of the Excel Watch Window. It’s a floating collection of cell values from multiple workbooks, useful for auditing and debugging.
  • Ryan Ogilvie talks about that guy, who always seems to notice (and report) when something is amiss, and suggests we start treating him like an incident barometer.
  • Ugo Micoli examines BMW Group’s coming Centenary, as a look back and as an affirmation of identity, evolution, and independence.

Enjoy!