New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Simone Giertz explains how she became the Queen of Shitty Robots. Less than two minutes, generally safe for work, and inspiring for those with imagination, but neither technical nor social skills.
Thomas Carney has rounded up six diverse, well-qualified opinions on the #NoEstimates debate. Well worth reading, and even more worth thinking about.
Kailash Awati tells the story before the story – a parable about setting business expectations before beginning a data science project. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
Kathleen O’Connor interviews Jim Dewald on his upcoming book, “Achieving Longevity: How Great Firms Prosper Through Entrepreneurial Thinking.”
Elizabeth Harrin points out the ramifications the Brexit vote will have for businesses and the project managers who will have to implement all those contingency plans.
Harry Hall notes the steps to take when you have to replace a team member on a project.
Kenneth Ashe recommends strategic thinking as an approach to identify and assess process improvements.
Kimberly Wamba expounds on best practices in managing uncertainty and ambiguity.
Oscar Berg counts off the reasons why corporate investments in IT commonly fail.
Ruairi O’Donnellan introduces Brightwork’s new Resource Management Pocket Guide. It’s a free download, once you provide your contact information.
Elise Stevens interviews Susanne Madsen on how to manage a demanding workload. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
Derek Huether notes, “we need a lot fewer Agile police and a lot more Agile ambassadors.”
Henny Portman reviews “Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives,” by Ben Linders and Linus Goncalves. Includes links to two related YouTube videos.
Martin Aziz describes the Retro Game, a board game for teams prone to sitting around the table and asking each other, “Well, what do you think?”
Ryan Ripley interviews Dave West on the future of Scrum. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
Jayaprakash Prabhakar defines two alternatives to TDD: acceptance test-driven development and exploratory test-driven development.
Dave Prior interviews Katrina Coker about selecting an accountability partner to help you reach your personal and professional goals. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
Shoaib Ahmed identifies four key part of any organization’s transition to Agile.
Art Petty rants abut managers who don’t take on the responsibility to identify and develop talent.
Liane Davey notes that talent management can bring out the worst in bad managers.
Suzanne Lucas explains how managers can use a goal-based process to train their employees for success.
Gina Abudi reflects on what to address when considering an employee for a supervisory role.
Seth Godin reminds us that it takes guts to recruit people who are better than we are. But it’s necessary in order to raise the average.
John Goodpasture contemplates the eccentric employee, who should not be managed but should be allowed to fiddle a bit.
Lisette Sutherland discusses the challenges people and companies face when they transition to remote work. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
Bruce Harpham opines on why most people fail at making career changes.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 23 – 29. And this week’s video: a satire of television news from The Onion. Two minutes, completely unsafe for work, and absolutely hysterical. Television journalism is to journalism as television personality is to personality.
Must read (and hear)!
Lisette Sutherland interviews Leslie Truex, who has been blogging about working from home for nearly twenty years. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.
Dave Prior interviews Larissa Scordato, Patrice Colanecco Embry, Tera Caldwell Simon, and Natalie Warnert on gender bias in project management. Just over an hour, safe for work.
Tricia van der Grient interviews Anders Ericsson on his new book, “Peak,” and the science behind developing expertise.
Elizabeth Harrin tells us how to manage roles and responsibilities using the RACI chart and it’s sibling, the RASCI chart.
Ryan Ogilvie explains how to select metrics that are meaningful to business operations, and use them to optimize IT service delivery.
John Goodpasture finds project management lessons in the work and design approach of esteemed architect Frank Gehry.
Magnus Doll polled a number of project managers on line, asking them to identify the hurdles they commonly encounter. Here he summarizes each of them.
Ken Ashe tutors us on the Work Breakdown Structure.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 25 – May 1. And this week’s video: Nixie Pixel explains how to install and use KeePass, my favorite every-platform password manager. Just over six minutes, safe for work.
Lynda Bourne expounds on the nature and sources of reputational risk and dealing with reputational risk events.
Cade Metz reports on the founding of OpenAI, the new firm founded by Elon musk and Sam Altman which will create transformative technology and then give it away.
Bertrand Duperrin shares his analysis of PWC’s 2016 Global CEO Survey. Key takeaway: business has to redefine success in order to be successful.
John Goodpasture: “Risk management does not set policy for the project office; it only sets the left and right-hand boundaries for the vision, or for the project policies.”
Laura Barnard explains why PMO success is driven more by building trust than by establishing repeatable processes.
Ryan Ogilvie lays out some strategies for what to do when your IT service improvement program stops improving – there are paths past the plateau.
Rich Maltzman notes project portfolio management lessons in Ken Burn’s documentary, “National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” and E.O. Wilson’s “Half Earth.”
Danie van den Berg makes the case for diagrams and visuals, and just drawing things during meetings.
Lisette Sutherland interviews Johanna Rothman on organizing geographically distributed teams. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
Bart Gerardi shows how and when to use a story point value of zero.
Vyom Bharagwaj describes two common estimating techniques: Wideband Delphi and Planning Poker.
The Clever PM begins a series on Product Management Fundamentals: Working with designers.
Alex DiPasquale outlines the importance of properly written acceptance criteria.
Dave Duggal notes that the proliferation of API’s, whether SOAP /WSDL or REST, is making every software app a collection of integration experiments.
Harry Hall tells how to manage that project team member who isn’t performing.
Art Petty speaks out on the “inner game of leading,” meaning the mental attitude that drives our behavior.