New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 28 – October 4. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Peter Gray summarizes the declining emotional maturity and resilience among college students, manifesting as an inability to handle setbacks and an escalating demand for services.
- Esther Derby recently reflected on best practices for Agile, and selected seven to share with us. Note: these aren’t just Agile practices, but approaches to problem-solving.
- Lisa McLeod analyzes the Volkswagen emission spoofing scandal, as a proactive deception driven by the CEO’s goals for the company, rather than adding customer value.
- Todd Williams points out the pitfalls in organizational change management.
- Philip Smith notes that that hard part, in these times of rapid change, is making change “stick.”
- Allen Ruddock argues that the key to a successful project is communicating to the stakeholders what’s at stake for them – “What’s in it for me?”
- Harry Hall lists nine ways to start a new project, in order to avoid being behind at the point of 15% completion.
- Dhan Wa says we’re in the midst of a generational change in the practice of project management.
- Bruce Harpham explains how to grow your internal network, and why you should.
- Vivek Prakash reports on how the team that translated the PMBOK 5th Edition into Hindi set ground rules for handling disagreement, to meet their project schedule.
- Glen Alleman explores the unmyths of project duration estimating.
- Rich Maltzman makes the link between assumptions and risks, and then trots out an example from fish biology to illustrate his point.
- John Goodpasture identifies some of the crucial innovations that arose from the American Civil War and World War II.
- Gil Broza gives us the “why” of working in iterations.
- Mike Cohn wants to see the Scrum coaches and trainers shift their thinking, to grow the community rather than solidify their market share.
- Jaap Dekkinga lists six levels of “doneness” that should be considered in Agile planning.
- Jenny Brown notes some of the organizational challenges that can inhibit the adoption of Lean / Six Sigma methods.
- Peter Saddington does a review of recent research into leadership and employee engagement, and finds evidence that we should be leading from the heart.
- Art Petty reports on the lessons he learned from delivering two leadership workshops for the Alabama Jail Association. Leading in dangerous situations amplifies success and failure.
- Tom McFarlin shares his professional approach to dealing with business relationships gone sour.
Podcasts and Videos
- Elizabeth Harrin addresses questions about online project management training and the level of difficulty of the PMP exam. Just three minutes, safe for work.
- Alena Kuzniatsova recommends a video from the Agile2015 Conference: a panel discussion on adopting Agile methods. Just over an hour, safe for work.
- Jesse Fewell shares two brief videos, on #NoEstimates and virtual collaboration. A total of 13 minutes, safe for work.
- Elise Stevens interviews Amany Nuseibeh on the need for project managers to live the PMI Code of Ethics. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
- Ruairi O’Donnellan shares a funny short video on eliminating risk. Less than two minutes, and safe for work as long as you use the enclosed stand.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 26 – February 1. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Elizabeth Harrin explains in detail how to determine project success criteria, how to communicate the criteria, measure, baseline, track, and report on progress.
- Brian Jackson introduces us to Ross, a super-intelligent attorney powered by IBM’s Watson computing system. A cloud-based lawyer may review your next contract!
- Jason Hiner sketches out three trends that are going to define the next decade, not just in technology but the way our societies work.
PM Best Practices
- Bruce Harpham outlines the practice of risk management, for program managers.
- Ron Rosenhead returns from delivering a course for project sponsors with some insight on the lack of unity in some organizations on who is a sponsor.
- Harry Hall gives us a detailed view of what a risk management plan should contain.
- Jennifer Lonoff Schiff identifies the biggest (or most common) problems that project managers can anticipate, avoid, or mitigate.
- Glen Alleman dismantles one of the business cases for iterative development.
- Kevin Coleman makes the case for telecommuting, and offers some guidelines for making it work.
- Pawel Brodzinski explores the economic value of slack time. Maximizing utilization is not the way to maximize value – queuing theory applies!
- Neil Killick follows up last week’s analysis of the Scrum Master role’s responsibilities, behaviors, and goals with a similar look at the Product Owner role.
- Mike Cohn strips Scrum down to three clear, elegant sentences, and warns us to add only those elements that actually work in our environment. Excellent advice!
- Michael Barone subjects Agile to a little psychoanalysis.
- Boon Nern Tan explains the case for and benefits of pair programming.
- John Goodpasture contemplates Big Agile, and the limited benefits of additional process and structure.
- Don Kim sees parallels between the Structured Agile Framework (SAFe) and the Bill Murray classic, “Groundhog Day.” You can say that again …
- Johanna Rothman contemplates the roles of development manager and test manager in Agile organizations.
- Seth Godin distinguishes between optimism and honesty, and our ability to commit and deliver.
- Han van Loon proposes a replacement for the estimation Cone of Uncertainty. Check out his video on YouTube and try not to think of a snake swallowing its prey.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Maria Kozlova on building and maintaining high-performing teams. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior interviews Mike Vizdos and Peter Green, on the values and techniques of Nonviolent Communication. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
- Tony, Craig, and Renee interview a variety of attendees at the Scrum Australia conference in Sydney. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
- Jyothi Rangaiah has published the January edition of Women Testers magazine. If you haven’t discovered this wonderful resource yet, take this opportunity.
- Ruairi O’Donnelan on wishes: “A software engineer, a hardware engineer, and a project manager find a magic lantern …”
- Nick Heath reports on the growing call for IT to set aside some jobs for women. Not certain jobs, but a certain fraction of the positions.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 19 – 25. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Seth Godin notes that professionals don’t add emotion to their communications to signify urgency.
- H.O. Maycotte argues that the challenge in getting actionable information out of Big Data is being sure you’ve asked the right question.
- Tim Wasserman identifies ten strategic trends in project execution that will define success in 2015.
PM Best Practices
- Harry Hall lists ten ways in which the alignment between the customers and project team is gradually lost.
- Dave Wakeman looks to Seattle and finds that the problem of a failed tunnel-boring machine has expanded well beyond the tunnel itself.
- Rich Maltzman finds a colossal example of a failure to engage project stakeholders, right in his home town of Boston.
- Nick Pisano references Borges’ “Library of Babel” in pointing out the challenges inherent in extracting meaning from collections of data with no underlying common design.
- John Carroll asks, “If the stakeholders don’t actually care about the project or take any responsibility or interest in it, then why is the project being carried out?”
- Mike Cohn explains why we should focus on benefits, rather than features.
- Mike Donoghue argues for benefits management, as the key to keeping your project on track.
- Ryan Ogilvie recommends a dozen ITSM blogs, for those of us with service management responsibilities.
- Neil Killick describes the role of Scrum Master in terms of responsibilities, behavior, and goals. An excellent, brief, but actionable explanation of a complex topic.
- Niranjan Nerlige describes the role of Product Owner, as a list of interactions with the team and with the business.
- John Goodpasture deconstructs Mike Cohn’s recently published definition of done.
- Johanna Rothman considers alternatives to estimation, in the form of planning and re-planning.
- Mike Griffiths reviews a few misconceptions about teamwork and collaboration.
- Joanne Wortman talks about blending Agile methods in with the traditional.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Pam Welty and Joy Gumz on the use of Building Information Models for construction projects. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
- Elizabeth Harrin shares five quick tips for managing communications during a crisis. Just three minutes, safe for work.
- Mark Phillipy talks about the importance of networking in developing your career. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
- Steven Levy extracts three lessons learned from the scandal surrounding under-inflated footballs in last weekend’s game between the Patriots and the Colts.
- András Baneth gets to the essence of Reality Television Executive Chef Gordon Ramsay’s coaching method.
- Don Kim points out that there are times when SMART goals can be dumb. Or at least, counter-productive.
- Emanuele Passera considers the question: do we really need to be number one in our industry?
- Lynda Bourne reflects on taking the time to reflect and think. And yes, that’s an example of recursion.