New PM Articles for the Week of August 17 – 23

Cape MearsNew project management articles published on the web during the week of August 17 – 23. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Ezra Klein analyzes last Sunday’s New York Times’ expose of the demands of white-collar life at Amazon, and finds the evidence less than compelling.
  • Suzanne Lucas counters the New York Times Amazon profile with her observation that many people are looking for exactly that sort of demanding, big-league career.
  • Sarah Greene Carmichael reviews the research: those long hours are counterproductive for both the employee and the company.

Established Methods

  • Glen Alleman on anecdotes and statistics: “An anecdote is a statistic with a sample size of one.”
  • Elizabeth Harrin describes “Advances in Project Management,” as edited by Darren Dalcher. Sort of a PM Reader’s Digest …
  • Kailash Awati summarizes Russell Ackoff’s type classification of managerial attitudes toward planning. And it’s not necessarily about dysfunction.
  • Coert Vissar reviews Richard Nisbett’s, “Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking.”
  • Seth Godin notes that the first step in addressing a complex problem is agreeing on the definition of the problem and how it impacts us.
  • Robert T. reflects on the science supporting the value of intuitive decision-making.
  • Bruce Harpham collates eight habits of highly effective communicators.
  • Art Petty helps us overcome our fear of sharing feedback.
  • Harry Hall reviews the core principles and terminology of scope management.
  • Alex Lu-Pon profiles Adam Wright, who manages the construction of personal submarines, one boat at a time.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Griffiths looks into a problem with Agile methods: resistance to innovation and change, among some of the thought leaders!
  • Johanna Rothman follows up on her recent post, explaining how to use continuous planning.
  • Len Lagestee lists seven characteristics that sum up what an increasingly Agile organization should “feel like.”
  • Derek Huether has identified an amusing divergence: the Big Design Up Front of Agile2015 seems less valuable than informal gatherings, e.g. Emergent Design.

Work Isn’t a Place You Go But Something You Do

  • Thomas Carney gets the skinny on working remotely, from eleven project management thought leaders.
  • Patrick Gray shares some tips for the traveling IT worker, also known as the migrant computer worker, road hog, and so on …
  • A.W. also known as Gulliver the business traveler, trots out the unhealthy consequences of a life spent on the road. Now you tell me …
  • Tom Barnett looks at what should drive our decision to move on to the next opportunity.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Errette Dunn on his journeys to become the Lean influence at Wrike. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner continues his recent interview of Susanne Madsen, with a deeper dive into coaching techniques. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Dan Galorath on the fine art of estimating. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.

 

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 3 – 9

Irvine ApproachNew project management articles published on the web during the week of August 3 – 9. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, explains the alternatives businesses will face when implementing the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules.
  • Chris Wilder notes that information, intelligence, and the internet of things is driving fundamental changes to the supply chain.
  • Lynda Bourne builds on two earlier articles on stakeholder engagement, with a focus on tools and techniques.

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman debunks a few pronouncements on the differences between Agile and Waterfall.
  • David Cotgreave on getting the right PM assigned to the project: “Outsourcing PMO is a very effective filter against the risk of poor cultural alignment!”
  • Cynthia Zieman notes that the key to standardizing contract management is flexibility.
  • Susanne Madsen defines the four components of building trust
  • John Goodpasture shares some insights on negotiating.
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews Mark Woeppel, author of “Visual Project Management,” on his model for visual PM, called Viewpoint.
  • Harry Hall lists seven techniques that, taken together, will dramatically improve the quality and reliability of project cost and schedule estimates.
  • Kiron Bondale considers the alternatives to crashing a project schedule.
  • Allen Ruddock identifies common problems with meetings and the ways to prevent them.
  • Michael Wood explains how to become as business-savvy as your management and customers expect you to be.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman clarifies the differences between product manager and product owner, and why the team’s manager should not also be the product owner.
  • Mike Cohn gets to the flimsy basis for the claim that 64% of software features are rarely or never used.
  • Henny Portman reviews David Scott Bernstein’s new book, “Beyond Legacy Code.” Not just for coders – this sounds interesting for everyone associated with software projects.
  • Bart Gerardi describes the virtuous cycle of action that is Agile.
  • Brian de Haaff starts a list of things developers should stop saying. Especially #11.
  • Mike Griffiths gives us two-sentence overviews of how the DSDM, SAFe, DAD, and LeSS frameworks address strategic alignment.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews communications diva Jenn Swanson on applying communication skills to a new job (or project). Just 55 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin lists a few tips for making virtual meetings work. Less than four minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Gil Broza at Agile 2015, on why so many organizations are disappointed with their Agile implementations. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.

Working with People

  • Seth Godin notes the prevalence of superstition at work, where stuff is just so complicated.
  • Peter Tarhanidis says that the key to training project managers is to move away from pedagogy, toward adult learning.
  • Bruce Harpham interviews Donald Asher on his new book, “Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn’t, and Why.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 27 – August 2

Over the StripNew project management articles published on the web during the week of July 27 – August 2. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares the ten “nots” – things you should never do, at the expense of your career.
  • Kristin Wong summarizes recent research that found it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to task after a significant interruption.
  • Harry Hall recounts his recommendations for sponsors. One of the top reasons for project failure is a lack of leadership and sustained engagement by the project sponsor.

PM Best Practices

  • Pat Weaver outlines the changes coming to the PMP exam, effective November 1, 2015. Based on the recent role delineation study, it reflects the way we manage projects today.
  • John Goodpasture analyzes a list of paradoxes prevalent in Digital Age leadership, as compiled by Nielsen and Meehan.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Bill Dow on integrating social media into your project communication plan. Just 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lynda Bourne reviews our alternatives for dealing with stakeholders: crisis management, stakeholder management, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Ryan Ogilvie argues that the tool is not as important as how we plan to use it. “Don’t paint a rusty car.”
  • Ben Ferris introduces us to one of his colleagues: the office coffee machine.
  • Michael Greer has published his new project management resources book online, and it’s free!
  • Glen Alleman explains why estimating is not guessing, and vice-versa. Note: the term dead reckoning is a corruption of ded (deduced) reckoning.
  • Nick Pisano addresses a conundrum: software is getting slower at a faster rate than computer hardware is getting faster.
  • Gil Press profiles Michael Stonebraker on his recent Big Data work: getting past the extract – transform – load model of curating multiple data sources via machine learning.
  • Tushar Patel expounds on how the PMO can add value.
  • Bertrand Duperrin maintains that the only client of an intranet project is the employee end user.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn helps us check our math on product backlog grooming: estimates tend to get better as we better understand what we’re estimating.
  • Randy Rayess notes that the skill set for “great coder” has no significant overlap with the skill set for “team leader.” We need to have alternative career paths.
  • Jennifer Quraishi and Huimin Li interview Johanna Rothman on the concepts in her new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management.”
  • Santosh Shaastry examines technical debt and the technical definition of done.

Managing Your Career

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Jen Gresham, author and coach, on how overachievers can find the clarity and courage they need to design the life they love. Just 58 minutes, safe for work, but don’t listen while multi-tasking – that would defeat the purpose!
  • Bruce Harpham reports from the World Domination Summit, equal parts enlightenment and entertainment.
  • Michael Adams reminds us that workplace diversity requires hard work and personal commitment.
  • Allen Ruddock makes the business case for project managers to use LinkedIn.

Enjoy!