New PM Articles for the Week of April 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Cassini phoned home to mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California after successfully making the first of 22 orbits in the narrow gap between Saturn and its innermost rings. Not bad for a craft launched in October 1997!

Must read!

  • Mike Griffiths shares ideas on how to get PDU’s in the “Strategic and Business Management” area of the talent triangle. You need at least 8 to recertify as a PMP.
  • Ben Evans projects electric and autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, and machine learning out about five to ten years, in terms of consumer behavior change.
  • Ahmed Alkhateeb claims that Big Data and robotics are advanced enough to automate scientific research using Sir Francis Bacon’s model of discovery. Ahmed is a molecular cancer biologist at Harvard Medical School, so this is serious.

Established Methods

  • Mike Clayton tutors us on project governance, from its origin with the ancient Greeks to direction-setting, decision-making, and oversight.
  • Harry Hall catalogs the most common reasons and most beneficial ways to resolve project conflicts.
  • Glenn Alleman explains how to talk about estimates and their attributes of uncertainty: precision, accuracy, and bias.
  • Alex Pucasu identifies the common environmental elements that you should account for when making estimates.
  • Andy Jordan gets us up to speed on the portfolio-level view of projects with common goals.
  • John Goodpasture expounds on technical debt as an enabler, rather than an evil to be avoided.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the futility of scaling Agile to why Agile doesn’t work in Asia, to morality, metrics, and more.
  • Mike Cohn addresses the question: does the Scrum Master role ever go away?
  • The Clever PM recommends you begin your Agile transformation with a healthy dose of practice, and forget about all that theory.
  • Ryan Ripley and Amatai Schleier interview Jessie Shternshus on how improv skills can help make your Agile team awesome. Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith interviews Paul Rayner on domain driven design, working with legacy code, and user story mapping. Just 49 minutes, safe for work.
  • Humberto Cordioli identifies the tradeoffs when determining whether to adopt a business or architectural orientation.
  • Saravana Bharathi explains how continuous integration and continuous delivery differ, but fit together.

Applied Leadership

  • Gina Abudi tells of a client who collaborated with her remote team to develop ground rules for how they would interact.
  • Esther Derby explains the three kinds of empathy, and how they improve our ability to adapt our “change” messaging.
  • Luis Seabra Coelho explains the Start-Stop-Continue feedback model, which seems to work well across most cultures.

The Power of YOU

  • Jesse Lyn Stoner encapsulates the barriers to successfully managing our time, how to overcome them, and how to stop procrastinating.
  • Brendan Toner reviews “The Power of Full Engagement,” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. They maintain that energy, not time, is our most precious resource.
  • Coert Visser examines the exercise choice: walking or running. Note that if your nose runs and your feet smell, you may be built upside down.

Project Management as a Career

  • Jon Vordermark takes a critical look at the career path for the typical corporate project manager and finds it lacking.
  • Leigh Espy suggests that the way to get into project management is from your current job.
  • Barry Hodge decided to create a more interesting intro to the basics of project management, for those who are thinking of getting into it.


New PM Articles for the Week of October 3 – 9

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 3 – 9. And this week’s video: a quick explanation of how to hack your to-do list, with David Allen of “Getting Things Done.” Just over two minutes and safe for work, even with all of the monkey noises. Tip of the hat to Harry Hall, who also linked to this video.

Must read!

  • Rich Maltzman reviews the business case and ROI from sustainability projects. This isn’t just about the future – it’s about successful projects and organizations.
  • Andy Jordan explains how we can incorporate accountability for delivering on time, in scope, and within budget without hampering the collaboration that makes it possible.
  • Beth Spriggs makes the case for ambiguity as opportunity – to take risks, think creatively, and create exceptional outcomes.

Established Methods

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Cyndi Snyder Dionisio, who chaired the team that developed the “PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition.” Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • Peter Taylor gives us a primer on the PMO as a source of standard processes and then follows up with six more critical lessons for PMO success.
  • Phillip Smith explores the notion that better project management talent will lead to better projects.
  • Andrew Huckey shows how to apply Critical Chain project management techniques to optimize the family’s morning routine.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy shares his list of risk categories, for use in identifying project risks. Also known as a risk taxonomy, this approach can improve the quality of your risk management.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly round-up of Agile posts, articles, and what-not from Scrum anti-patterns to the Spotify model that isn’t there.
  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on Agile project managers, from what they do not do to how the product manager and project manager roles intersect.
  • Henny Portman reviews “Estimating in Agile,” by Mairi Osborne and Barbara Roberts.
  • Natalie Warnert reports on the #WomenInAgile session at the Agile 2016 conference.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Steve Denning and Don Gray to discuss the current state of Agile and how an Agile mindset trumps processes and tools. Just 45 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ricardo Lopez explains how the team can make a busy product manager more effective.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty’s new book, “Leadership Caffeine for the Project Manager,” is now available.
  • Alison DeNisco reports on five recommendations from author and professor David Burkus on how to modernize your management style.
  • Stephanie Ray examines the power of the Quiet Revolution and the natural advantages of introverts as leaders.
  • David Brendel tells the first-time leader, “Relax.” You have to overcome the stress of your new role before you can become successful.

Technology and Techniques

  • Bertrand Duperrin tracks the evolution of the HR information system to an employee relationship management solution.
  • Kamesh Ganeson compares and contrasts two popular IT governance frameworks: COBIT and ITIL.
  • Hope Reese test drives the Tesla Model S, equipped with the world’s first AI-powered semi-autonomous car.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elise Stevens interviews Kerryn Fewster and Vicki Daniel on how project managers can become more resilient. Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy examines the loss of our ability to hold conversations, and how to bring it back.
  • Lisette Sutherland contemplates transitions – when someone leaves the virtual team. Just 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • Roy Maurer reports on new research that indicates about 4 in 10 U.S. workers would prefer to work outside of the traditional, full-time, salaried 40-hour workweek.


TimeCamp Lists the Top Project Management Influencers

The folks at TimeCamp took some time out from developing and supporting their cloud-based project time tracking and invoicing solution to compile a list of the top project management influencers. The list includes academics and practitioners, coaches and consultants, bloggers and authors, working from locations on five continents.

If you use an RSS reader to keep track of your favorite content sources (I use Feedly), it’s worth scanning their list in order to see if there’s someone else you should follow.

Thanks for including me on your list,TimeCamp! And thanks to all of the other folks who take the time to share what they’ve learned.