New 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:
- 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.
- 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 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:
- 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.
- Johanna Rothman announces the early release of her not-quite-ready new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management,” at LeanPub.com. 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.
- 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.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 12 – 18. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Chuck Cohn points out three cloud-based collaboration tools that you might not think of as project management apps.
- Chloe Green gives us an overview of what’s happening in cognitive computing, and how business will benefit from natural language processing.
- Soma Bhattacharya interviews Samad Aidane on how neuroscience research is producing insights into human behavior with significant applications to project management.
PM Best Practices
- Kailash Awati describes an alternative to the entity – relationship “search for objective truth” approach to data modeling, based on emergent design principles.
- Glen Alleman notes that project management includes adjustments to the plan, throughout execution of the project.
- John Goodpasture addresses the question of when we need to re-baseline our project schedule.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Mark Phillip’s new book, “Reinventing Communication.” It sounds like his scientific approach might not be workable outside the laboratory.
- Craig Brown created an interesting diagram of actions and feedback, starting with “Something bad happens.”
- Andy Jordan cites a case study in what happens when a sponsor stifles a creative approach to delivery.
- Phillip Smith contemplates Kaizen, which means more than just “Good change.”
- Nick Pisano continues his multi-blog contemplation and conversation with me on finding a lingua franca for project management data.
- Kerry Wills reminds us not to get too comfortable with our understanding of the issues and risks we see in our projects.
- Pat Weaver outlines the challenges of comparing failed projects, or even conducting a root cause analysis.
- Michael Lopp suggests that interruptions introduce a greater cost in lost productivity than the financial savings of an open office.
- Ryan Ogilvie uses the metaphor of a sieve to talk about identifying the issues that should drive your service strategy.
- Johanna Rothman considers the relationship between optimism and success at implementing Agile methods.
- Don Kim argues that Agile is based not on iteration, but recursion. You can say that again …
- Vandana Roy gives us a detailed comparison of Scrum, Kanban, and Scrumban.
- Shivakanth Velishala defines DevOps, and describes the three pillars that support continuous delivery.
- Alistair Croll returns from Las Vegas (thanks for supporting our economy!) with insights on how wearables and the Internet of Things will rely on Big Data.
- Lance Ulanoff reports on a personal robot, funded by Kickstarter, which may be under your tree for Christmas. The face resembles ice queen Elsa, with a new hairdo. Let it go …
- Lyndsey Gilpin forecasts 2015 developments in renewable energy: generation, storage, and utilization, as well as changes in the business itself.
- Christopher Romani looks at trends that will affect federal government acquisition and program management in 2015.
- Kevin Korterud looks all the way out to 2025, to envision what PMO’s will be like ten years from now.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Frank Parth on the PM lessons learned from mega projects. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.