New PM Articles for the Week of September 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton defines projects and project management, in case your grandmother asks what you do for a living. 5 minutes, safe for work and for family gatherings.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Lila MacLellan summarizes a paper arguing that societal ills may have been exacerbated by using the Harvard Business School case study in business education. 10 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Jones explains “North Star” metrics—chosen to focus on some business result. Ultra-alignment requires excellent aim and the willingness to iterate. 8 minutes to read.
  • Gabor Nagy reports on an intriguing trend: companies are creating their own co-working spaces to expose their employees to other approaches. 7minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Cornelius Fichtner asks ten project management thought leaders what business management skills are essential for strategic projects. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Leigh Espy shows us how to get the voice of the customer to be sure our project is on the right track. 8 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture provides alternatives to the evil % Complete OK, so it isn’t evil; merely misleading and maintenance-intensive. 2 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman extracts a key lesson on decision-making from Ralph Keeney’s new book, Value-Focused Thinking. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy explores five effective communication channels and explains when to use them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Satya Narayan Dash shares a high-level overview of the differences between the PMBOK 5th Edition and the 6th Edition released last year. 9 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin continues her Women in Project Management, interviewing Koviljka Lukic as she transitions from sales to project management. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Toyota Scrum to preventing product failures to the Sunk Cost Fallacy. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale discourages us from asking the Scrum master to perform multiple roles. 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman argues that product orientation requires high quality standards. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn does a deep dive into the concept of potentially releasable. 5 minutes to read.
  • Andreas Prins points out four software delivery mistakes that negatively impact continuous delivery. 6 minutes to read.
  • Scott Kirkwood interviews Bonnie Jarvie, VP of User Experience Research at the Wall Street Journal on how the craft has changed in the last 20 years. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from rallying employees to embrace change to the upside of boredom to communication in the design process. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Linky van der Merwe selects seven skills that women (and men) aspiring to leadership positions need to consciously develop. 3 minutes to read.
  • Stephanie Ray provides a detailed description of holacracy, which carries the notion of self-organizing teams to its logical conclusion. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Yomi Kazeem updates us on work to get zinc-air batteries down below the $100 / kilowatt-hour price point for use with solar cells in developing countries. 2 minutes to read.
  • Nick Heath summarizes three key takeaways from a presentation by Demi Hassabis, co-founder of Deep Mind, on where AI might be taking us. 5 minutes to read.
  • Julien Laloyaux, Frank Laroi, and Marco Hirnstein debunk the myth that women are better multi-taskers than men. We all suck at it. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kayla Matthews identifies four common problem work environments and offers ideas to optimize each of them for productivity. 4 minutes to read.
  • Guarav Kaushik shares a rant on the dubious use of “hot desks.” If you don’t know what that is, thank your deity of choice. 5 minutes to read and laugh nervously.
  • Hillary Jackson advises us on handling grief when a co-worker dies. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 13 – 19. And this week’s video: David Dunning (of the Dunning-Kruger Effect) explains why incompetent people think they’re amazing. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Bethany Marz Crystal says that the way to battle sexism and harassment is by improving the social feedback loop—call out the behaviors when they happen. 4 minutes to read.
  • Todd Williams interprets recent statistics that paint a dismal picture of corporate failure to execute on strategy and goals. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Ogilvie notes that simply asking for feedback at service completion doesn’t help if you haven’t got a strategy to manage and act on that feedback. 3 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin explains how to use graphics, pictures, graphs, and charts to communicate project information. 5 minutes to read, with a link to her white paper on the subject.
  • Erik van Hurk explains why we should set the Status Date and automatically update the project schedule when US MS Project. 5 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall tutors us on planning for project risk management. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale suggests that we listen for the Cassandras, those subject matter experts who warn of impending risks and issues, even if they seem unlikely. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nilanjan Kar makes the case for integrating information security management into the PMBOK Guide. 12 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman clarifies why independent cost estimating is valid, even when performed by someone who won’t be party to execution. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nick Pisano points out the difference between earned value management and cash flow analysis in project management. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

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    Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile roundup, from a Jeff Patton lecture to the problem with Scrum to brilliant jerks and the immorality of addicting users. 8 outbound links, 2 minutes to browse.

  • Dave Prior interviews Jurgen Appelo on his new crowd-funded app/platform project: Agility Scales. Video, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jerry Doucett shares a litmus test for getting your organization on track to being Agile (as opposed to doing Agile). 7 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke describes the zone of acceptance—the collection of tasks that each team member believes is a part of their job—and how to extend it in a self-organizing team. 6 minutes to read.
  • Tamás Török notes the importance of knowledge transfer in a software development team and describes four complementary techniques for sharing the learnings. 6 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley interviews Johanna Rothman on creating a successful Agile project. 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn explains why it’s important to have a consistent sprint duration. 3 minutes to read.
  • Poornima Vijayashanker and Leslie Yang discuss product debt and why you should pay it down with every release. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Cesar Abeid and Traci Duez talk about getting to self-leadership. Podcast, 28 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Clayton gets into the details of how to manage the transition when a team member leaves your project. 9 minutes to read.
  • Alyse Kalish gets advice from Katia Beauchamp, CEO of Birchbox, on how to make the best use of advice—as opposed to getting someone to make the decision for you. 3 minutes to read.
  • Chris Rainey interviews Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, who says,” We don’t have a talent shortage, we have a training shortage.” Video, 32 minutes, safe for work.

Working and the Workplace

  • Brad Feld asks the question: Do you reduce stress for others or increase it? 2 minutes to read.
  • Scott Berkun explains the pay to stress ratio: “You can always earn more money, but you cannot earn more time.” 3 minutes to read.
  • Shayna Hodkin posts her occasional advice column, answering “how do I ask for a raise” and “how do I handle hating my job?” 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland discuss the history of Scrum and the newest update to the Scrum Guide, just released this week. 55 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • George Paliy provides an overview of the GDPR, including obligations of organizations that collect and control personally identifiable information and the rights of the people whose data has been collected. 8 minutes to read.
  • Kevin Coleman answers the rhetorical question: does IT strategy have a future? Isn’t technology now an integral component of business strategy? 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths explains the impact that the recent release of the PMBOK Guide 6th Edition and the Agile Practice Guide will have on those studying for the PMP, PMI-ACP, and CAPM. 3 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • The BlacksmithGlen Alleman introduces Integrating Program management and System Engineering, edited by Eric Rebentisch. Sounds interesting, just a minute to scan.
  • Mike Agnello shares ten rueful project aphorisms. If they weren’t all true, I might have laughed at some of them. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture quotes from Agile Testing by Lisa Crispin and Janey Gregory on the reasons to use an automated to track problem reports. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy takes us on a deep dive into project integration management. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton gives us the history and use of the PERT Chart and compares it to CPM. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harry Hall answers our questions about the PMI-RMP (risk management professional) credential. 2 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from an Agile periodic table (Mendeleev was Agile?) to the impact of GAAP on Agile adoption to an AMA with Steve Portigal. 2 minutes to scan, 7 outbound links.
  • Henny Portman points out what has been changed in the newest update to The Scrum Guide. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke reflects on whether it is more effective to teach Agile methods or the Agile mindset? 4 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Andrew Stellman and Jenny Green on their new book, Head First Agile: A brain-friendly guide to Agile and the PMI-ACP. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Shreehari Narayana tells how his organization adopted Scrum, with bullet points organized under the Principles described in the Agile Manifesto. 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cesar Abeid and Traci Duez starting a new interview series on how we can achieve insights into our own behavior. Podcast, 26 minutes, safe for work. Welcome back, Cesar—we’ve missed you!
  • Leigh Espy describes five styles of effective listening and when to apply them. 6 minutes to read, but take a few extra minutes to digest.
  • Judith Humphrey teaches a few straightforward, emotionally intelligent techniques to be a better listener and a more effective influencer. 5 minutes to read.
  • Derek Huether recommends that everyone in the company should understand what metrics drive the business and what behaviors they encourage. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Adam Shostack reflects on the key takeaways from Collin Greene’s Fixing Security Bugs. 3 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin explains why we need tags and a data taxonomy and how to use it to categorize the data you collect during a project. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roy Agababa reports on the ways that the insurance industry is (and soon will be) using data analytics to transform business and service offerings. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kong Yang tutors us on microservices—from the technology to the business decisions to be made. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kiron Bondale sees computer-assisted project management as not only a near-term development but another aspect of diversity in the workplace. 2 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland highlights a few “up and coming” tools for remote workers. Podcast, 8 minutes, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin points out that we talk differently when the speakerphone is on. Louder, for sure. Just a minute to read, but the self-consciousness will linger.

Enjoy!