New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 16 – 22. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- The MIT Technology Review gets us caught up on recent advances in computer recognition of faces and other three-dimensional objects.
- Mike Griffiths analyzes the growth of the various PMI professional credentials over the last ten years. The trends are interesting.
- Kristin Yang uses animated gifs to show how she spends her day as a software development project manager. Because it’s not all Dilbert scenarios.
PM Best Practices
- John Goodpasture reports on a recent exercise that demonstrated the value of letting small teams self-organize to solve a problem.
- Harry Hall notes that a project’s greatest exposure to risk lies at the beginning, and suggests steps to reduce that exposure.
- Nick Pisano explains why fast-tracking a project also involves taking on additional risks and accepting more waste.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Susanne Madsen on the subject of her new book: “The Power of Project Leadership.”
- Glen Alleman hacks away the Agilista pop-culture crap to get to a more rigorous definition of self-organizing.
- Kerry Wills analyzes the spectrum of yellow that falls between Green and Red in our status reports.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Michael Smith on the concepts and practice of conscious software development. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
- Paul Ritchie gives us his summary of PMI’s “Pule of the Profession” report, and their findings on how high-performing project management organizations are more agile.
- Mike Cohn is a firm proponent of a “definition of done,” but points out that there are cases where teams benefit from defining different levels of done.
- Neil Killick examines a Twittersphere Scrum controversy, and suggests that the case in point misses an opportunity to investigate the underlying problem.
- Derek Huether notes that even a co-located team needs a process framework and a communication tool.
- Bart Gerardi makes the case for including the entire team in preparing estimates.
- Pawel Brodzinski rolls out an interesting estimation and planning tool: No Bullshit Estimation Cards. Yeah, I got yer Fibonacci, right here …
- Sumit Sharma makes the point that the product backlog isn’t just prioritized, but ordered.
- Cesar Abeid interviews writer, speaker, and podcaster Mike Vardy on his minimalist approach to personal productivity. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.
- Bruce Harpham gets into the why and how of self-motivation.
- Gina Abudi lists our bullets for practices that will help us improve our concentration by screening out distractions.
- Michael Lopp shares his non-judgmental take on the behaviors you’ll likely see in a conversation.
- Bruce Benson tells us how he responds when a colleague announces that he’s leaving for another opportunity.
- Tracey Richardson and colleagues report on their research into how project managers got into the profession. Mostly, by accident.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 9 – 15. We give you what you need to talk about the elephant in the room. Recommended:
- Hamza Shaban looks at the potential for the Internet of Things to kill personal privacy over the next few years.
- Doug Laney of Gartner Group shares three Big Data trends that predict for how we’ll apply business intelligence over the next few years.
- Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, give us the run-down on how to prepare for your next unanticipated job search.
PM Best Practices
- Wanda Curlee gives us a quick overview of project portfolio management, as a practice and as a career.
- PMI has published the results of their annual Pulse of the Profession survey, “Capturing the Value of Project Management.”
- Beth Ouellette looks back at her experience in helping to birth PMI’s latest credential: the PMI Professional in Business Analysis.
- Joachim Ahlstrom shares some recommendations for those thinking of implementing a continuous improvement process in their organization.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Jack Riso’s new iBook, “Ace the PMP Exam.”
- Andy Jordan reflects on his recent consulting experience, helping an organization focused on operations, rather than projects, build a PMO.
- Glen Alleman shares some authoritative sources of reference class data for IT projects, for developing your next set of estimates.
- Harry Hall presents a short video on evaluating risks with expected monetary value analysis. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
- Nick Pisano continues his look at using data from multiple sources to improve our ability to manage projects.
- Michael Dubakov shares his practical experience in implementing the concepts of Minimum Viable Feature and Minimum Marketable Feature.
- John Goodpasture considers a conundrum – fidelity to user expectations, or fidelity to user specifications?
- Neil Killick gives a detailed view of how he manages the inception of a project.
- Venkat Krishnamurthy invokes the “Ikea Effect” to make the point that Scrum teams benefit from having dedicated testers.
- Johanna Rothman explains how to create an environment where everyone on the team can lead.
- Pawel Brodzinski give his take on participatory leadership and decision-making.
- Bruce Harpham makes the case for humility, as a vehicle to improve your effectiveness.
- Randy Hall looks at the mechanics of how we break old habits. Especially old leadership habits.
- Bertrand Duperrin believes that using the web as a way to access information is about to become passé.
- Paul Ritchie makes a point about why practice is so important, using the last big play of Super Bowl 49 as an example. Guys, we need to move on …
- Peter Saddington condenses a few key points about how really smart people think, from Michael Michalko’s book, “Creative Tinkering.”
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.