VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Ed Deci’s TED Talk on controlled motivation and autonomous motivation. Ed is the co-developer of the self-determination theory, which suggests that we should create conditions under which people can motivate themselves. Just 14 minutes, safe for work. Must read!
Johanna Rothman presents the case for and against estimates, in parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. This series should be sufficient justification for you to follow her blogs.
Nick Statt reports on Microsoft’s new project management app for Office 365, called Planner. Not a replacement for Project, but a collaboration and planning tool.
Brad Egeland provides one-page summaries for twelve project management, collaboration, and portfolio management software products. Established Methods
Elizabeth Harrin collected insights from six PM’s on how they manage multiple simultaneous projects.
Pat Weaver looks into those cases where the critical path includes task dependencies other than Finish-to-Start links.
Clark Wimberly notes that proper preparation is required for a kick-off meeting which will pay dividends throughout the project.
Henny Portman reviews “PPM! Manage Your Organization Masterfully with Project portfolio Management.”
Cameron Conaway interviews Robin Kwong, Special Projects Editor at the Financial Times, who find clarity by beginning each project with the same question: What’s it for?
Kenneth Ashe explains how to create and use an Issues Log.
Rob England proposed two deliberately conflicting principles to guide a DevOps transformation, in order to create a dynamic tension. Which is how the world works, right? Agile Methods
Dave Prior notes the untimely passing of Agile leading light Jean Tabaka by pulling two interviews from his archives. A total of 42 minutes, safe for work. She will be sorely missed.
Saumya Nigam explains estimation using story points.
Faisal Ansari uses the INVEST model to determine whether backlog items are well written, as the first step in splitting them into smaller stories.
Emanuele Passera continues his introduction to Kanban series with part 2.
Tom McFarlin considers Reid Hoffman’s quote, “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, then you’ve launched too late.”
Tami Flowers describes using Lean/ Agile methods to establish a data governance organization framework.
Bob Tarne explains the concept of “ready ready.” It’s where you need to begin in order to get to “done done.” You can say that again … Applied Leadership
Suresh MK uses events from the life of Nelson Mandela to illustrate John Kotter’s eight-stage process of creating major change.
Kathleen O’Connor interviews Bart Engal on his book, “Leading Through Language: choosing Words that Influence and Inspire.”
Lysette Sutherland interviews Dave Hecker on effectively managing geographically distributed software development teams. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
Elise Stevens interviews Gillian Klette on what to do when your project team hates each other. Just 18 minutes, safe for work. Pot Pouri
David Manheim looks at complexity, reification, Goodhart’s Law, and why measurement is hard. So is spelling reification.
Travis Bradberry explains why you should work for 52 minutes, then take a break for 17 minutes. Got your timer ready?
Abby Wolfe shares an infographic on the high-impact LinkedIn profile updates you should make when job-hunting.
Seth Godin suggests we talk slowly, because “um” doesn’t add as much value as silence.
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VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 28 – April 3. And this week’s video: Coert Vissar diagrams the difference in motivation between our autonomous choices and those choices made for us. Complete with a slide guitar soundtrack; two minutes, safe for work.
Johanna Rothman’s new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management,” is now available.
Harry Hall shares three brief videos on making and executing better decisions.
Nancy Settle-Murphy explains how to get a conversation going by asking the right questions. If you spend much of your working day on conference calls, be sure to read this! Established Methods
Laura Barnard applies some lessons on stakeholder management learned from Fred Rogers.
Elise Stevens interviews Julie Goff on managing a team of project managers. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
Elizabeth Harrin shares her recent reading list. What does work-life balance look like? Well, start here.
Klaus Nielsen applies lessons from Daniel Kahneman’s book, “Thinking: Fast and Slow” to project management.
Dave Wakeman articulates the five steps in putting a new process in place.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Joe Drammissi on Enlightened Project Management. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
Nick Pisoni explains the difference between measuring progress against plan (earned value) and progress during development (technical performance).
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy gets us back to basics in describing what to include in a project plan.
Glen Alleman adapts Jon Stewart’s final rant on “The Daily Show” to direct it toward his favorite target, the #NoEstimates movement. Agile Methods
Mishkin Berteig lays out the four principles of refactoring. Sometimes, good software engineering can be a metaphor for life.
John Goodpasture introduces the notion of coupling to a discussion of architecture in an Agile approach.
The Clever PM (possibly) concludes his series, “Why Agile isn’t working for me.” This time, the focus is on individual actions.
Jake Bartlett points out some of the reasons Agile is hard to adopt. Applied Leadership
Kathleen O’Connor interviews Ray Zinn, who founded and led semiconductor manufacturer Micrel for 37 years, on key lessons from his new book, “Tough Things First.”
Liane Davey shares a simple exercise that exposes each participant’s default reaction to change.
Peter Saddington shares a great infographic: 18 Things Mentally Strong People Do.
Scott Berkun uses the history of the Eiffel Tower to illustrate what it takes to drive real innovation and see it produce real change.
Eileen Burton says that great leaders are those who step up in a crisis. Pot Pouri
Suzanne Lucas says that recruiters are good at spotting lies. Here are a few things that you really don’t need to lie about.
Jamie Hale gives us science-based recommendations on how to study. Key point: we best remember that which we best understand.
Steve Johnson identifies four “areas of expertise” that should drive what is (and isn’t) required in a job candidate.
Paul Sawyers opines on the market viability of an internet of consumer product things. Who needs a smart oven in the microwave society?
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VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 7 – 13. And this week’s video: David Letterman’s classic photo-identification quiz, “Trump or Monkey?” Four minutes, safe for work.
Mike Griffiths expounds on whether certification should indicate a ceiling or a floor of professional learning, and illustrates his point with historical examples.
Seth Godin explains the difference between confidence and arrogance, when making the case for change.
Lynda Bourne continues her examination of Practical Ethics. “The ethical standards of an organization are set by the actionsof its leaders.” Established Methods
Samad Aidane interviews Suzie Blaszkiewicz, market analyst at GetApp, on their new report: 2016’s Top Project Management Apps.
Elizabeth Harrin interviews CEO, project manager, and entrepreneur Monica Borrell.
Douglas Brown on making process changes stick: “Best practices are a destination, not a starting point.”
Susanne Madsen explains the importance of positive relationships with project stakeholders, and how to develop them.
Brad Egeland offers five ideas for making meetings more productive that probably run counter to other advice you’ve seen.
Harry Hall explains the difference between qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, and offers suggestions on how to improve your approach. Agile Methods
Neil Killick looks for a patch of common ground between #Estimates and #NoEstimates.
Glen Alleman responds to Neil on that common ground between #Estimates and #NoEstimates.
Johanna Rothman posted a four-part series on how Agile approaches influence the way we test, from our expectations to our practices to metrics. Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.
Mike Cohn recommends some alternatives approaches when developing reports that are too complex to deliver in one sprint.
Fernando Paloma Garcia explains how to stabilize quality and prepare to evolve the features of legacy applications by establishing a base of automated tests.
Shashank Sinha describes an example of how Agile methods were applied to the evolution of an enterprise legacy system. Applied Leadership
Art Petty notes that good managers focus on what the people are doing, not just the tasks.
John Goodpasture considers un-delegation, based on the Principle of Subsidiarity.
Nancy Settle-Murphy addresses three questions from her Wall Street Journal interview, on dealing with issues between the remote worker and a problematic boss.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy explains how to develop a project management dream team.
Lisa Earle McLeod extols the virtues of Essentialism, “the disciplined pursuit of Less.” Pot Pouri
Bruce Harpham offers some guidance for making remote work productive.
Brendan Toner shares an eclectic list of techniques for improving productivity.
Yanna Vogiazou gets us up to date on gestural interaction – think Kinect games – and our multi-modal future.
Bertrand Duperrin thinks that the speed of Saas deployment may already exceed the speed at which organizations can change to adopt them.
Dalton Hooper provides some post-interview feedback: why I didn’t hire you, even though you were the most qualified.
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