New PM Articles for the Week of August 25 – 31

Balloon Over The RoofNew 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 16 – 22

Young man with basket of fruitNew 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:

Estimating

  • 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.

Enjoy!