New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 25 – 31. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
Glen Alleman channels W. Edwards Deming, to make the point that management is about prediction, and thus estimation.
Rachel Matthews provides some insights on selecting contingent workers, also known as “temps,” for engineering roles.
Bruce Benson reports on the finger-pointing lawsuits counter-filed by Oracle and the State of Oregon, from their failed Cover Oregon healthcare website.
Ireti Oke-Pollard offers some thoughts on how to improve software testing, by thinking like users.
Dave Wakeman shares his insights on leading with integrity, following recent media reports on failures of leadership in politics and sports.
Brad Egeland continues his series on the seven areas for project managers to focus on.
Patti Gilchrist applies lessons from art (Pablo Picasso) to structuring project management presentations. Agile Methods
Pawel Brodzinski tells why values and principles are more important than practices, techniques, tools, and methods.
Jesse Fewell crunches the numbers to see which organizations are winning the “Agile certification wars.” All we are saying is give PMI-ACP a chance …
Johanna Rothman fine-tunes a post by Glen Alleman that management is prediction.
John Goodpasture applies a little physics to understand the drop in productivity, once the team hits 70% throughput capacity.
Venkatesh Krishnamurthy shares a “soup recipe” for building self-organizing teams.
Madhavi Ledalla rises to the challenge of conducting retrospectives with a distributed team.
Martin LaPointe tells how his family used Scrum to self-organize their recent relocation from Paris to Montreal. Following the Trends
Jennifer Zaino notes that, as the digital universe doubles in size every two years, data centers are evolving rapidly for high-density, green operations.
Kailash Awati explores the ironies of standardization and outsourcing enterprise IT.
Suzanne Lucas tells the story of an inflexible management team that couldn’t manage their “flexible” star employee. Professional Development
Podcasts and Videos
Michel Dion shares some feedback for you podcasters. Not the kind that blows out your speakers … the helpful kind.
Cesar Abeid interviews Tim Stringer on his approach to “holistic productivity,” which he developed while being treated for cancer. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
Dave Prior interviews Rachel Gertz on applying psychological tools to project management. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
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Tagged Agile Project Management, Best Practices, Change Management, IT Management, Leadership, PM Credentials, Professional Development, Project Management, Project Management Articles, Scrum, Stakeholder Management |
New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 16 – 22. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:
Glen Alleman uses Darrell Huff’s 1954 book, “How to Lie with Statistics,” to skewer the Standish Report and the #NoEstimates movement (again).
John Goodpasture pulls a quote from John Mandel’s “The Statistical Analysis of Experimental Data” to illustrate the dangers of inductive reasoning.
Bertrand Duperrin reviews a new book by James Sesil thattells how better analysis is improving the quality of HR decisions.
Nick Pisano notes the need for better integration between project schedule and project budget. PM Best Practices
Frank Gorman shares a fable and an anecdote to illustrate the application of ethics in project management.
Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley tell of their contribution to the EcoCar2 competition. Very cool!
Michael Lopp points out that keeping yourself perpetually busy may actually be an endorphin addiction.
Martin Webster pauses in his series on leadership models to reflect on what actually matters.
Alina Vrabie mines research by Gloria Mark for ways we can minimize self-interruptions; not all of those task switches are prompted by others!
Elizabeth Harrin shares an infographic listing five project lessons for 2014.
Terry Bunio tells of his struggles to replace a bathroom vanity and sink, and finds it looks suspiciously like his day job: managing software development.
Chuck Morton looks at what we mean when we say a PM is in charge of the project, from beginning to end.
Todd Boehm illustrates a methodical approach to a difficult choice: the right ERP.
Ron Rosenhead leverages a flight delay to address poor project communications.
Kailash Awati interviews his long-time collaborator Paul Culmsee on sense-making and the value of the oblique (as opposed to direct) question.
Vicki Wrona gives us the lowdown on a decision-making approach called OODA – Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. Agile Methods
Johanna Rothman on geographically distributed Agile teams: “Don’t do standups. Do handoffs.”
Saravana Bharathi diagnoses problems in the Daily Scrum.
Mike Cohn shares a few innovative ways to clean up the product backlog.
Greg Pfister, VP for Agile Practices at federal government contractor Agilex, explains how they embraced CMMI in order to be more Agile. Professional Development
Mike Donoghue uses some analytical data from LinkedIn to identify words that appear in far too many resumes. Time for some synonyms!
John Carroll relates the Taoist virtues of compassion, frugality, and humility.
Mike Griffiths urges us to act on that desire to qualify for a new professional credential.
Chris Moody just completed his Certified Scrum Master exam, and he has an Agile Manifesto take on the value of certifications.
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Tagged #NoEstimates, Agile Project Management, Best Practices, Ethics in Project Management, Leadership, PM Credentials, Professional Development, Project Budgeting, Project Management, Project Management Articles, Project Planning, Scrum, Stakeholder Management, Strategic Analysis |
Mark Phillipy and his Thumb
Mark Phillipy, the man behind the giant thumb, is helping one of his colleagues prepare for the CAPM exam, and they been kind enough to record and share the experience. If you know a new project manager, or someone trying to move from project contributor to a more senior role, this series might be worth a look.