New PM Articles for the Week of September 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 12 – 18. And this week’s video: applying insights and techniques derived from recent studies on multi-tasking and ego depletion to improve your productivity. Less than four minutes, safe for work. Tip of the hat to Harry Hall, who shared this.

Must read!

  • Henny Portman advocates for positioning Agile methods as changes to “business as usual,” rather than as changes to the way projects are run.
  • Robin Goldsmith describes the process of determining ROI by discovering the requirements that drive business value and quantifying the intangibles.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy lists six practical risk identification techniques that won’t go over the heads of your project team.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “The Conscious Project Leader,” by Colin Ellis.
  • Lawrence Putnam lays out the case for an enterprise estimation center of excellence.
  • Glen Alleman pulls together his best responses to common #NoEstimates ideas and assertions into a single post.
  • Jiwat Ram analyzes Project Management as a Service, and finds reasons to hesitate.
  • David Cotgreave shares some tips on how to get your IT project approved by the executive suite.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly compilation of new Agile content, from “dark Scrum” to mental models and three jobs for product managers.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Jeremy Willets on applying the introspective mindset to fine-tune the effectiveness of your coaching. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Debashish Ghosh examines the theory and practice of quality assurance in Agile methods.
  • Jake Rocheleau gives us a guided tour of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Get out in front on this, if you’re only compliant with the typical W3C standards.

Applied Leadership

  • Andrew Neitlich provides some pointers on managing the organizational politics that affect your project.
  • Coert Visser describes a strategy for positive communication, based on the reciprocity principle.
  • Liane Davey recommends an approach for preventing a meeting attendee from excessive participation in the conversation. You know: talking too much.
  • Art Petty decries the value-deficient leadership recently displayed at some organizations: win at all costs, ethics be damned. Don’t work for these people, ever.
  • Belle B. Cooper explains the mentoring relationship, why both parties benefit, and how to find your own mentee.
  • Seth Godin asserts that professionals will push back because they have standards.

Technology and Techniques

  • Alex Handy reports from the GitHub Universe conference that project management features are being added to the most widely-used source code management platform.
  • Jay Donovan reports on Kinetise, a platform that creates native apps for iOS and Android using a drag and drop interface. Enterprise “citizen developers” are creating their own apps!
  • Monica Yoo debunks three common myths about security in cloud applications and environments.
  • Bas de Baat gets us up to date on the potential application of AI pattern recognition techniques to some of the more routine project management tasks.

Working and the Workplace

  • Brendan Toner reviews MarginNote Pro, a fantastic iOS app for annotating PDF and eBook documents.
  • Karina Keith curates a list of tips to stay productive when working from home.
  • Suzanne Lucas lists nine gadgets everyone who works from home needs to invest in.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 22 – 28. And this week’s video: the late designer Bill Moggridge explains interaction design, one of the concepts used to design application software for the first laptop computer, the GRiD Compass. John Ellenby, who founded GRiD Systems in 1979, passed away this week. I was proud to work in GRiD’s federal systems division back in the 1980’s.

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Ellen Maynes, 2016 Global Peace Fellow and project management educator. Attention, Dos Equis: Ellen is The Most Interesting Woman in the World.
  • Mike Cohn explains story points as an estimating tool, taking into account the amount of work to do, complexity, and uncertainty or risk. An excellent, thorough explanation!
  • John Goodpasture shows how game theory can be applied to external threats. Remember: your SWOT analysis is just the beginning.

Established Methods

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Lindsay Scott on the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report 2016. An interesting analysis by the recruiters – just 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Deanne Earle reflects on the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report 2016. Why can’t organizations find the talent that they need?
  • Bertrand Duperrin describes the pros and cons of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – end-to-end digitization and integration of partners into the value chain.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy recommends five project management blogs that you should follow (including this one).
  • Amber Lee Dennis presents a primer on Data Lakes.
  • Shuba Kathikeyan shares two excellent infographics: the impact of poor software quality in business and a set of data center industry statistics and projections.
  • Pramod Jaiswal presents an infographic on developing a practical IT disaster recovery plan.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Food for Thought list of recommended Agile posts, articles, and so on.
  • Mike Griffiths describes some of the ways you can incorporate risk management into Agile methods.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Agile coach Don Gray in a wide-ranging conversation that covers Agile transformation, models, and sources of insights. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bart Gerardi debunks the notion that Agile is a way to eliminate a layer of management.
  • Belle B. Cooper explains the idea behind a personal hackathon, and uses Brian Nelson’s recent experience as source material.
  • Sam Sinha shares his tips for grooming the backlog.

Applied Leadership

  • Coert Visser recaps research into when positive feedback is more motivational, and when negative feedback moves us more.
  • Michael Lopp has just published the third edition of Managing Humans, in paperback and Kindle editions.
  • Bruce Harpham shares recommendations on twelve books for your reading table (or Kindle).
  • Peter Landau recommends another sixteen leadership and management books. Fortunately, there’s still nothing good on TV.

Working and the Workplace

  • Garland Coulson wants us to plan our day to accommodate those “low energy” periods, by scheduling the right tasks.
  • Harry Hall also recommends that we need to manage our energy, not just our time.
  • Brendan Toner reviews the best new Getting Things Done features of Zendone 2.0. Did you know they now have both iOS and Android apps?
  • Suzanne Lucas tells how five well-known companies help their employees work from home.
  • Lisette Sutherland answers an interesting question: how does a virtual team celebrate together? Just 7 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 15 – 21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 15 – 21. And this week’s video: a tutorial on conducting a Monte Carlo analysis using Excel. Just 11 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Michael O’Brochta looks at the cultural, experiential, and situational drivers of how we perceive behavior as ethical, or not. Including our own.
  • Kayleigh Töyrä explains how we can apply Finnish culture and values to project management.
  • Hope Reese reports on a life saved when Tesla Autopilot drove a man to the hospital. Ethical dilemmas, minimum acceptable reliability, and other social risk considerations will make future projects even more complicated.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall describes seven simple actions to take that will make your risk management efforts more productive.
  • Andy Jordan explores the risk management techniques applicable to protecting project benefits.
  • Nick Pisano makes the case for incorporating measures of technical performance in earned value management.
  • Glen Alleman lists units of measure meaningful to expressing value.
  • Kenneth Ashe gives us a refresher course on the basics of project budgets and ROI.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a PM tool evaluation matrix for download.
  • Kerry Wills proposes a new Olympic event: the project management decathlon.

Agile Methods

  • The Clever PM shares the keys to driving a group of people to a decision. Actually, it’s about influence, not control.
  • John Goodpasture points out a few “problems” (which might be opportunities) with a project team made up mostly of “gig” workers.
  • Meghana Bendre is an engineer, and she doesn’t despise Agile. Far from it.
  • Jessie Chen reveals how Netflix does A/B testing.
  • Sandeep Khaira goes into the details of pair programming – when it’s a fit, what are the benefits, and how it’s done.

Applied Leadership

  • Peter Landau interviews Management Excellence blogger and speaker Art Petty.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Spencer Coon of hibox.co on how his 15-person company, distributed among three continents, uses their own product to collaborate. Just 36 minutes, safe for work.
  • Alison DeNisco reports on an Everest Group survey that describes a new trend: on-shoring contact centers. Cost savings and customer satisfaction are both trending down, so …
  • Bertrand Duperrin identifies the difference between your external-facing web site and your intranet: managers want content and employees want relevance.
  • Gina Abudi presents a five-step plan for controlling your anger with a co-worker.

Working and the Workplace

  • Bruce Harpham summarizes Cal Newport’s new book, “Deep Work: Rules for focused success in a distracted world.” It’s time to move past productivity!
  • Brendan Toner reviews ToDoist for Windows, as an alternative to bulky list managers with complex interfaces. Android, IOS, and web variants are also available.
  • Beth Spriggs assembles four tactics that can help you more effectively “single-task.”
  • Project Journal describes the new Holy Grail: Inbox Zero.
  • Elissa Gilbert surveys the broad mix of university and non-traditional programs in data science education.

Enjoy!