New PM Articles for the Week of July 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Nick Bostrom’s TED talk on why machine learning will eventually require machines to have human values.

Must read!

  • Art Petty points to Volkswagen as example of what happens when an ethical lapse allows an organization to take a shortcut to success.
  • Daniel Newman looks into the business potential of chatbots and deep learning. If you manage projects with customer-facing capabilities, this stuff is in your near future.
  • Henny Portman describes the changes to the latest refresh of the Scrum Guide.

Established Methods

  • Nick Pisano makes an elegant case for trial and error, and always being in a yellow status.
  • Glen Alleman builds on the baseball metaphor in “Moneyball” to illustrate the need to manage software development, based on continuous analysis.
  • Harry Hall recounts a recent health scare to illustrate how to identify and deal with “sneaky” risks.
  • Mike Cohn recommends two simple actions that will help meeting participants be more mindful.
  • Isidora Roskic covers the basics of stakeholder management, from a team perspective.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews test preparation coach Julie DeSot on how to identify the correct answer in the PMP exam. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Ryan Ripley interviews Ellen Gottesdiener on the importance of discovery as an enabler of delivery. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
  • David Taber has some very specific recommendations for making Agile methods and traditional waterfall concepts work together.
  • Jeff Himmelright shares an interactive team training exercise in responding to unexpected contingencies, inspired by a scene in Apollo 13.
  • Aaron Smith summarizes the key findings in the recent Changepoint study, “Business Agility: Is It Easy to Pivot?”

Applied Leadership

  • Braden Kelly expounds on the value of thought leadership.
  • Apple Pineda explains why it takes a different approach to earn a Millenial’s loyalty.
  • Andy Jordan looks at some of the issues related to managing multiple generations in the workplace.
  • David Cotgreave notes that project risk management and handling requires a team where everyone’s opinion is considered – not just the leader’s.
  • Brad Egeland lists a few reasons why the human touch is still needed in project management – robots need not apply.

Working and the Workplace

  • Bertrand Duperrin describes the need to “consumerize” the workplace: “If they had to pay to rent the workplace, would they pay or look for another place?”
  • James Clear makes an interesting point: our environment imposes limits that we can’t easily change, no matter how motivated we are.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Michael Sliwinski on maximizing productivity by actively curating notifications and interruptions. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Nicole Nader, who makes the case for women attending a project management networking event. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham interviews technical recruiter Ronald Yoon for insights on how recruiting works and what recruiters are looking for.
  • Susanne Madsen tells us how to demonstrate leadership, on the way to earning your next promotion.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 16 – 22. And this week’s video: a tutorial on how to create mind maps using iMindMap.

Must read!

  • Mike Griffiths has updated his analysis: “Agile and PMBOK v5 Guide Alignment.” Just 36 pages, invaluable, and free to download in PDF format.
  • Coert Vissar provides brief definitions of 23 common cognitive biases, heuristics, and effects. Understanding these concepts will help you make better decisions.
  • Adriana Girdler walks us through her meeting facilitator toolbox. OK, it’s a rolling suitcase – the contents and how she uses them are what matters. Just 7 minutes, safe for work.

Established Methods

  • Henny Portman reviews Jim Johnson’s new book, “The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management.”
  • Elise Stevens interviews Laura Barnard and Kendall Lott about the Project Management Day of Service and volunteering PM skills to non-profits. Just 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Gina Abudi points out that supporting employees’ social good work often benefits the employer.
  • Daan Pepijn explains how startups and small and medium enterprises can incorporate freelancers into their teams by leveraging technology.
  • Lisette Sutherland does a retrospective and lists some of the reasons her interview subjects have decided to embrace remote work. Just nine minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture examines an interesting concept in a presentation by SalKahn: the “project balance sheet.”
  • Nick Pisano advocates using analytics and a bit of self-awareness to remove the blind spots that keep organizations from acting in their own self-interest.
  • Sven Krasser and Dmitri Alperovitch clarify how machine learning can be applied to identifying and fighting off network attacks.
  • Bruce Harpham dusts off a few more techniques to make Email work for you.

Agile Methods

  • Frode Helgesen provides a quick overview of Pointing Poker, useful for geographically distributed teams who wish they could use planning poker.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Johanna Rothman on her new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management.” Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jay Daniel makes the case for estimating our work, even when using Agile methods.
  • Mike Cohn argues against estimating the Sprint backlog using task points, rather than hours.
  • Peter Saddington has determined that a limited understanding of client organizational culture limits the effectiveness of Agile coaches and consultants.
  • Renee, Craig, and Tony interview Dean Leffingwell, the creator of the Scaled Agile Framework. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Donoghue lays out the logic behind combining Agile and traditional project management methods into a hybrid approach.
  • Lavinia Mihaela Dinca identifies five challenges for the business analyst on a hybrid project.
  • The Clever PM notes that organizations adopt Scrum because they want results, not compliance with a methodology.

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Christine Unterhitzenberger, who is researching the degree to which perceptions of fairness impact project performance.
  • Peter Doyle links Jonathan Westrup’s Ethics, Values, and Governance Pyramid with the model of authentic project leadership described in “Organizational Dynamics.”
  • Art Petty adds his insights on how to coach employees struggling with self-doubt.
  • Moira Alexander illustrates the use of KPI’s to measure a project team’s effectiveness.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 7 – 13

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 7 – 13. And this week’s video: David Letterman’s classic photo-identification quiz, “Trump or Monkey?” Four minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Mike Griffiths expounds on whether certification should indicate a ceiling or a floor of professional learning, and illustrates his point with historical examples.
  • Seth Godin explains the difference between confidence and arrogance, when making the case for change.
  • Lynda Bourne continues her examination of Practical Ethics. “The ethical standards of an organization are set by the actionsof its leaders.”

Established Methods

  • Samad Aidane interviews Suzie Blaszkiewicz, market analyst at GetApp, on their new report: 2016’s Top Project Management Apps.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews CEO, project manager, and entrepreneur Monica Borrell.
  • Douglas Brown on making process changes stick: “Best practices are a destination, not a starting point.”
  • Susanne Madsen explains the importance of positive relationships with project stakeholders, and how to develop them.
  • Brad Egeland offers five ideas for making meetings more productive that probably run counter to other advice you’ve seen.
  • Harry Hall explains the difference between qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, and offers suggestions on how to improve your approach.

Agile Methods

  • Neil Killick looks for a patch of common ground between #Estimates and #NoEstimates.
  • Glen Alleman responds to Neil on that common ground between #Estimates and #NoEstimates.
  • Johanna Rothman posted a four-part series on how Agile approaches influence the way we test, from our expectations to our practices to metrics. Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.
  • Mike Cohn recommends some alternatives approaches when developing reports that are too complex to deliver in one sprint.
  • Fernando Paloma Garcia explains how to stabilize quality and prepare to evolve the features of legacy applications by establishing a base of automated tests.
  • Shashank Sinha describes an example of how Agile methods were applied to the evolution of an enterprise legacy system.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty notes that good managers focus on what the people are doing, not just the tasks.
  • John Goodpasture considers un-delegation, based on the Principle of Subsidiarity.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy addresses three questions from her Wall Street Journal interview, on dealing with issues between the remote worker and a problematic boss.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy explains how to develop a project management dream team.
  • Lisa Earle McLeod extols the virtues of Essentialism, “the disciplined pursuit of Less.”

Pot Pouri

  • Bruce Harpham offers some guidance for making remote work productive.
  • Brendan Toner shares an eclectic list of techniques for improving productivity.
  • Yanna Vogiazou gets us up to date on gestural interaction – think Kinect games – and our multi-modal future.
  • Bertrand Duperrin thinks that the speed of Saas deployment may already exceed the speed at which organizations can change to adopt them.
  • Dalton Hooper provides some post-interview feedback: why I didn’t hire you, even though you were the most qualified.

Enjoy!