New PM Articles for the Week of September 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 9 –15.  We read all of this stuff (this week, over 120 items) so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Samad Aidane interviews Dan Pink, author of “Drive” and “To Sell is Human.”  Just 31 minutes, safe for work, and worth every second!
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews software-as-a-service offering
  • Martin Webster assembles a comprehensive list of definitions of leadership.
  • Des Kirby nails it: “Leaders need vision, managers need objectives and KPIs.”
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews Agile Coach Ellen Grove.
  • Peter Saddington summarizes the Agile Coach’s communication techniques.
  • Andy Jordan considers the way we deliver our verbal communications, and how much processing is required by our audience.
  • John Carroll applies The Single Principle of the Tao to communications with stakeholders.
  • Cheri Baker offers some facilitation techniques designed to get more participation in meetings.
  • Chuck Morton continues his series on the project status report, with a comprehensive list of content sections.
  • Bruce Benson is no fan of “zero in-box.”  In fact, his in-box count is a five figure number.
  • Roz Baker tells the story of an “accepted” risk that became an issue.
  • Andrew Makar share three lessons learned from a failed project.
  • Eric Ries, author of “The Lean Startup,” shares some insights on how to evolve a successful product.
  • Dan Schawbel offers some insights into why intrapreneurship works, for both millenials and their employers.
  • Christina Gagnier interviews California Franchise Tax Board CIO Cathy Cleek on her “crawl, walk, run” approach.  Five minutes, safe for work.
  • Brian Leach reflects on how physiology drives attitude, which drives change.
  • Ian Webster does his take on Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits, for project managers.
  • Johanna Rothman debunks another myth: offshoring reduces costs.
  • Barry Hodge shares some resources for a project kickoff presentation.
  • Glen Alleman explains how to “install” earned value management on your project.  Or at least, how to have conversations about EVM.
  • Wayne Turmel (sort of) reviews “PM Workflow,” by Daniel Epstein and Rich Maltzman, in the context of managing distributed project teams.
  • Bertrand Duperrin wonders if “Big Data” will make the resume obsolete.  Is anyone else old enough to remember “door to door salesmen?”
  • Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley are excited about International Project Management Day (November 5, this year).
  • Kerry Wills explains how he keeps connected with all of the goings-on in his program.  Short version: a lot of conversations!


New Project Management Articles from May 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 13 – 19.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Samad Aidane presents the coolest infographic of the week! “The Brain: A Project Manager’s Guide to Emotions.”
  • Elizabeth Harrin mines Eskerod and Jepson’s “Project Stakeholder Management” for insights on why stakeholders contribute.  Or, not.
  • Tristan Wember goes into detail on the three primary colors – red, amber, and green.  Well, they’re the primary colors on status reports.
  • Ian Webster analyzes a speech by George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, and finds a status report!
  • Wayne Grant details three techniques for conducting retrospectives – The Cool Wall, Lean Coffee, and the Questions Retrospective.
  • Shim Marom asks some hard questions about what the Agile Manifesto actually means.
  • Glen Alleman is appalled at the notion, expressed in Neil Killock’s blog, that there are alternatives to estimates of cost and schedule.
  • Vincent McGevna uses a case study to show us how to use a decision tree to find the “best” alternative.  Truly excellent!
  • Kenneth Darter has some thoughts on keeping your project schedule on track.
  • Paul Bruno tells the story of the Battle of Saratoga, and points out some critical lessons learned for project managers.
  • Robert Bell took his daughter to the circus and somehow learned something about project management.  Hopefully, not from the clowns?
  • Kevin Korterud says that we need to add value to our earned value metrics.  Like focus, and communication.
  • Kimberly Gerber gives us some strategies for improving communication with our virtual teams.
  • Cheri Baker has decided to stop giving her most precious commodity away to anyone who asks.  Which means more time for herself.
  • Penelope Trunk: “One of the biggest changes in the workforce in the new millennium is that we have to be information synthesizers instead of information producers.”
  • Daniel Goleman offers some ideas on how to salvage a negotiation that seems to be going badly.
  • Barb at Vyrtunet has some interesting thoughts on portfolio management and the “strategy to action life cycle.”
  • Ron Rosenhead looks at succession planning, transitions, and managing changes in the project team.
  • Paul Culmsee is excited to announce that the Melbourne Sharepoint conference will be keynoted by an organizational psychologist.  It’s a collaboration tool, right?


New PM Articles for the Week of April 22 –28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 22 – 28.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Tom Hammell applies some of Daniel Kahneman’s work on thinking fast and slow to project management decisions.
  • Elizabeth Harrin concludes her interview with Dr. Wilhelm Kross, on risk communication.
  • Kyle Roozen explains the four-step approach his Scrum team uses to estimate timelines.
  • Donna Reed shares a recording of a presentation by Star Dargin, “Coaching Skills for Project Managers.”
  • Samad Aidane answers a common question, “How do I motivate my team?”  His uncommon answer, “Don’t try.  You don’t need to.”
  • Kailash Awati presents a noir satire of the PMO as the methodology police.
  • Patti Gilchrist takes a look at how the PMO is evolving from process policeman to innovation advocate.
  • Andy Jordan notes that, just as every project needs an issues log, so does every PMO.
  • Bruce Benson figures that a manager who insists on a “personal commitment” to achieve a deadline is probably working with an unrealistic schedule.
  • Brad Egeland suggests that we listen to our team members carefully, rather than uncritically.
  • Margaret Meloni wants you to bring your inner child to work.  Why?  Well, because children ask, “Why?”
  • Cyndee Miller reports from the PMI Global Congress 2013 in Istanbul, where keynote speaker Avinash Chandarana noted, “Culture eats process for lunch.”
  • Robert Bell offers a few more reasons to pull team members from around the globe.
  • Glen Alleman responds to a post on TechWell on Agile and the federal government.
  • Chuck Morton begins a new series on project change management (as opposed to organizational change management, or systems change management).
  • Mike Griffiths has a story of fragmented, part-time teams taking an Agile approach, and succeeding.
  • Soma Bhattacharya has some suggestions about making the transition to Agile methods.
  • Kelsey van Haaster learned a lot about making the transition from non-agile to Agile, by visiting a website devoted to mastering housework.
  • Todd Wilms shares a slide deck with ten leadership lessons he wishes he had learned in his twenties.
  • Patrick Gray looks at the recent controversy (and firings) that grew out of the tweeting of tasteless remarks at a Python developer’s conference.
  • Penelope Trunk has been coaching her husband, the farmer.  Big insight: your approach to dealing with mistakes defines your success.