New PM Articles for the Week of October 26 – November 1

Blue BalloonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 26 – November 1. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. And don’t forget: Thursday, November 5, is International Project Management Day.

Must Read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes the changes to the PMP exam, coming in January 2016. The changes reflect the findings of the most recent role delineation survey.
  • Peter Landau summarizes current trends in the online project management community, from International Project Management Day (November 5) to project leadership.
  • The October 2015 edition of Women Testers is now available, with articles on everything from mind mapping to stress and work, to the conclusion in their series about testing in the cloud. If you haven’t discovered this great online magazine, it’s time to catch up!

Established Methods

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Simona Fallavolita, who manages the PMP certification program, on the changes coming in January. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Pat Weaver tutors us on the differences between Critical Path Method (CPM) and Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT).
  • Yasser Mahmud describes a methodology for assessing the maturity level of your PMO, and determining where to make improvements.
  • Mario Trentim has compiled a different sort of FAQ: Frequently Avoided Questions about PMO’s.
  • Harry Hall shows us how to complete a stakeholder register. Just four minutes, safe for work.
  • Ryan Ogilvie tells how to collect feedback, from deciding what you’ll do with it to closing the loop with the people who participated.
  • Linky van der Merwe takes the pulse of the Accidental Project Manager. Yup, still living…
  • Kenneth Darter examines the transition to production, or as he puts it,” The art of letting go.”

Agile Methods

  • Pawel Brodzinski suggests a Kanban alternative to limiting work in progress: find the next task by working from right to left, backward from “done.”
  • Jared Smith shares a web site designer’s point of view on budgeting and estimating.
  • Mike Cohn on doing without a design phase: “Designers need to think holistically but work incrementally.”
  • Tom McFarlin contemplates the social nature of a software development team.
  • Thomas Carney shares a nice history of Scrum, plus links to other articles, resources and reference material. Highly recommended!

Applied Leadership

  • Liane Davey reflects on the delicate balance between “confident, capable, and solution-oriented” and being approachable.
  • Sarah Hood explains why saying “no” can be good for your career. And it’s not just about opportunity cost.
  • Art Petty continues his “Next Act” series for us older folks, with an interesting charge: focus on your superpower, meaning what you do best.
  • Melanie Pinola lists ten “soft skills” and provide links to resources that will help you develop them.
  • William Guinan tell us how to manage negative emotions.
  • Richard Lepsinger summarizes recent research into generational differences.
  • Coert Vissar: “Research suggests that performance goals in education are less effective than mastery goals.”


New PM Articles for the Week of June 15 – 21

Three BaloonsNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 15 – 21. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Susanne Madsen suggests a few things to do during your first month on a new job or project to set yourself up for success.
  • Richard Lepsinger reviews three leadership tactics that work fine in a hierarchic bureaucracy but usually fail in a matrixed organization.
  • Naomi Caietti briefly explains the key behaviors and skillsets of three key roles: project sponsor, project manager, and business analyst.

PM Best Practices

  • Dave Wakeman has some suggestions for ensuring your project retains its strategic focus.
  • Elizabeth Harrin points out three common mistakes that project managers make, even when they know better.
  • Henny Portman reviews “The Abilene Paradox and other meditations on management,” by Jerry B. Hervey. Looks interesting.
  • Mike Clayton reviews “Transforming Business with Program Management,” by Satish Subramanian.
  • Matthew Squair reviews the history of nuclear reactor failures in explaining how the choice of a risk response can be influenced by uncertain estimates of the severity of a failure.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn hypothesizes a couple of situations where the product owner should be able to drive technical decisions.
  • Sally Elatta answers questions posed during her webinar, “Scaling Agile Metrics and Measuring What Matters.”
  • John Goodpasture addresses the need for preserving and accessing the knowledge created during the project, after it concludes.
  • Johanna Rothman has some advice for managers who want to reward individuals, rather than teams.


Podcasts and Videos

  • Dave Prior interviews Agile coach Derek Huether on how he uses Personal Kanban. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kim Wasson on the peope and relationships side of project management.
  • Samad Aidane interviews Wellpoint VP of Business Solutions Sarina Arcari, leader of PMI’s PMO of the Year Award winner. A little over an hour, safe for work.
  • Margaret Meloni tells a story of a project that needed a planning session, but in order to do that, needed to hit the Pause Just two minutes, safe for work.

Outside the Lines

  • Lynda Bourne summarizes the scientific research into the relationship between happiness at work, productivity, and health.
  • Bruce Harpham outlines a strategy for expanding your job, as an approach to building your career.
  • Evil HR Lady Suzanne Lucas makes the case for not working on the weekend. It’s now summertime here in the northern hemisphere – enjoy it!
  • Ron Rosenhead tells how to solicit feedback as input to your personal development plan.
  • Venkatesh Rao introduces a series on the theories and teachings of John Boyd, Air Force strategist and father of the OODA Loop.
  • Linky van der Merwe summarizes the four pillars of emotional intelligence.



New PM Articles for the Week of May 25 – 31

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 25 – 31. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Rich Maltzman presents a Venn diagram, showing the overlap between project management competencies and sustainability competencies.
  • Lynda Bourne give us a history lesson on how theories of motivation have evolved since the early 20th
  • Craig Curran-Morton puts change management and benefits realization into focus as success drivers for today’s projects.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes a presentation by Joe Griffith at the recent PMI Global Congress EMEA, on how to use stories in your project communications.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews project manager, author, and blogger Michel Dion on his new book, Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham summarizes the lessons he’s applied from Atul Gawande’s book, “The Checklist Manifesto.”
  • Shawn Dickerson quotes recent surveys that detail the sorts of meeting dysfunctions commonly found in modern organizations.
  • Brad Egeland shares some recommendations for keeping your project sponsor engaged.
  • Bernadine Douglas points out a few of the ways that a project manager can lose the trust of their stakeholders.
  • Allen Ruddock has assembled a list of controls for adoption by the new PMO.
  • Susanne Madsen interviews Benoit Jolin, a project leader from Expedia, on what distinguishes an outstanding project leader.
  • Andy Jordan describes a new role for the project manager in the overall portfolio – implementing organizational strategy.
  • Harry Hall lists several practical ways to motivate your team.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman announces the early release of her not-quite-ready new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management,” at Perfection is over-rated.
  • Mike Cohn explains why perfect attendance is not required at the product refinement backlog meeting.
  • Venkatesh Krishnamurthy applies lessons from a session on raising resilient kids to building resilient Scrum teams.
  • Henny Portman reviews David J. Anderson’s book, “Kanban: Successful evolutionary change for your technology business.”
  • Bruno Silva makes the case that the tester is also a software developer.

Nerd Links

  • Peter Saddington summarizes six online resources where you can finally learn to code (or finally get around to learning Java).
  • Adam Shostack points out the absurdities in the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls, as applied to encryption software.
  • Kailash Awati examines the text mining capabilities of R, the open source statistical package, using extracts from old blog posts as a database.
  • Google announces Brillo, an operating system for the low-power devices that will make up the Internet of Things. Note to self: don’t let the new refrigerator open its own Netflix account.