New PM Articles for the Week of April 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 18 – 24. And this week’s video: the E-Lesson Guru explains how to create a speedometer chart in Excel. Safe for work, just over 8 minutes.

Must read!

  • Colin Ellis describes the characteristics and behaviors of the Conscious Project Leader.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her approach to managing several projects at once.
  • Harry Hall lists twelve common mistakes we make when responding to risks. If you read this one just for the parable about Chippy the Parakeet, Harry won’t object.

Established Methods

  • Richard and Elizabeth Larson argue that organizations benefit when their employees holding professional certifications, and should be willing to support them.
  • Jeff Collins identifies seven project management conferences to be conducted in the U.S. this year.
  • Bruce Harpham notes a number of lessons learned from the Hanford Nuclear Site’s River Corridor Closure Project.
  • David Hillson explains the role of the Risk Facilitator.
  • Shane Vaz shares some lessons learned: four signs your project is in trouble.
  • Ciara McDonnell explains how to use earned value management, with MS Project, Excel, and Sharepoint.
  • Steve Wake, curator of the #EVA conference, reflects on silence and to do lists.
  • Kerry Wills leverages his OCD to keep his anxiety disorder in check. It’s good that there’s a job out there for everyone ….

Agile Methods

  • Dovile Miseviciute shows the power of the Eylean Board. Normally, I avoid product pumps but this looks really interesting.
  • Mike Cohn makes some planning recommendations for highly interrupt-driven Scrum teams, including adjusting the length of sprints.
  • Dave Prior interviews Agile coach Lyssa Adkins on the Agile Institute, combatting burn-out, and self-care. Just 49 minutes, safe for work.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors considers the question: should a company staff their Agile coaching positions with an employee or a consultant?
  • Pedro Gustavo Torres argues that the Product Owner is a pig (committed), rather than a chicken (involved) and should actively participate in all Scrum ceremonies.
  • Elise Stevens curated links to six articles on digital project management.

Applied Leadership

  • Liane Davey notes that leaders can inadvertently create a lot of work, just by tossing out ideas.
  • John Goodpasture summarizes General Michael Hayden on the safety of “No” and the potential risk and reward of saying “Yes.”
  • Suzanne Lucas explains how to gain the respect of your co-workers.
  • Peter Landau identifies the best leadership and management podcasts out there.

Pot Pouri

  • Elissa Gilbert reports on development of the Industrial Cloud, as the primary transformation mechanism for the Internet of Things, at General Electric.
  • Rich Maltzman reports on the growing number of projects to capture energy from the Moon. Well, OK: the tides. But it’s really, really cool!
  • Roy Sensenbach lists career insights he picked up while learning to snowboard.
  • Imagine digitally tagging footwear and apparel items at the point of manufacture, beginning inventory management at the assembly line. The Internet of Things just added ten billion new end points.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 28 – April 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 28 – April 3. And this week’s video: Coert Vissar diagrams the difference in motivation between our autonomous choices and those choices made for us. Complete with a slide guitar soundtrack; two minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Johanna Rothman’s new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management,” is now available.
  • Harry Hall shares three brief videos on making and executing better decisions.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy explains how to get a conversation going by asking the right questions. If you spend much of your working day on conference calls, be sure to read this!

Established Methods

  • Laura Barnard applies some lessons on stakeholder management learned from Fred Rogers.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Julie Goff on managing a team of project managers. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her recent reading list. What does work-life balance look like? Well, start here.
  • Klaus Nielsen applies lessons from Daniel Kahneman’s book, “Thinking: Fast and Slow” to project management.
  • Dave Wakeman articulates the five steps in putting a new process in place.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Joe Drammissi on Enlightened Project Management. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nick Pisoni explains the difference between measuring progress against plan (earned value) and progress during development (technical performance).
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy gets us back to basics in describing what to include in a project plan.
  • Glen Alleman adapts Jon Stewart’s final rant on “The Daily Show” to direct it toward his favorite target, the #NoEstimates movement.

Agile Methods

  • Mishkin Berteig lays out the four principles of refactoring. Sometimes, good software engineering can be a metaphor for life.
  • John Goodpasture introduces the notion of coupling to a discussion of architecture in an Agile approach.
  • The Clever PM (possibly) concludes his series, “Why Agile isn’t working for me.” This time, the focus is on individual actions.
  • Jake Bartlett points out some of the reasons Agile is hard to adopt.

Applied Leadership

  • Kathleen O’Connor interviews Ray Zinn, who founded and led semiconductor manufacturer Micrel for 37 years, on key lessons from his new book, “Tough Things First.”
  • Liane Davey shares a simple exercise that exposes each participant’s default reaction to change.
  • Peter Saddington shares a great infographic: 18 Things Mentally Strong People Do.
  • Scott Berkun uses the history of the Eiffel Tower to illustrate what it takes to drive real innovation and see it produce real change.
  • Eileen Burton says that great leaders are those who step up in a crisis.

Pot Pouri

  • Suzanne Lucas says that recruiters are good at spotting lies. Here are a few things that you really don’t need to lie about.
  • Jamie Hale gives us science-based recommendations on how to study. Key point: we best remember that which we best understand.
  • Steve Johnson identifies four “areas of expertise” that should drive what is (and isn’t) required in a job candidate.
  • Paul Sawyers opines on the market viability of an internet of consumer product things. Who needs a smart oven in the microwave society?

Enjoy!

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 ProjectManager.com.
  • 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!

Enjoy!