New PM Articles for the Week of July 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 10 – 16. Note that this week marks an anniversary—I start curating this list seven years ago. And this week’s video: Brandon Rodriguez shares an interesting animation explaining the power of constraints on creativity and innovation. It turns out that we need at least a minimal box, after all. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Hear)!

  • Glen Alleman contrasts scheduling software release based on the cadence of the development team with scheduling based on needed product capabilities. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture explains the Hybrid (mixing Agile and established methods) Operating Principle: Agile projects are simultaneously strategically stationary and tactically iterative and emergent. 2 minutes to read.
  • Umberto D’Alessandro shares a case study of a project that failed because they were not solving the actual problem. An excellent lesson in data collection and analysis. 8 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Pam Shergill on how she made the transition to project management by making herself redundant and now works as an independent project management consultant. 5 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interview Ashleigh Waters on really knowing your stakeholders. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harry Hall tutors us on procurement management and how to improve our processes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Pat Weaver reviews differences in the upcoming PMBOK Guide 6th Edition and how it will impact PMI’s professional credential exams. 5 minutes to read.
  • Deb Schaffer gives us the basics on writing a problem statement. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from product discovery and product-market fit to a hypothesis backlog, to a Manifesto for Change Management. 4 minutes to read, 11 links.
  • Leigh Espy provides a detailed overview of the Scrum Master’s responsibilities. 6 minutes to read.
  • Scott Selhorst starts with a sight gag and expands into a discussion of selected human behavior principles, as they apply to product design. 5 minutes to read.
  • The Clever PM interviews Suzanne Abate on her latest project: collecting the stories, advice, and experience of 100 product managers. 6 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman explains how to create delivery milestones when using iteration-based methods. 4 minutes to read.
  • Hemant Kothiyal tutors us on story points and how to use them. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke quotes ancient Roman Publilius Syrus to demonstrate that Agile thinking has a deeper history than you might imagine. 1 minute to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Nancy Settle-Murphy extracts several essential questions from James Ryan’s book, “Wait, What, and Life’s Other Essential Questions.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Gina Abudi recommends that you regularly ask your team for feedback: How well am I doing as a team leader? 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains transformational leadership, as opposed to transactional leadership. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • RTS Labs explains what Net Neutrality is and why it should matter to those of us who make our living with technology. 5 minutes to read.
  • Prateek Singh explores Conway’s Law (“How do committees invent?”) and Little’s Law of queuing to chart a path to flat, customer-centered organizations. 11 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Ogilvie notes the three special challenges that IT service managers face in communicating with their customers. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Katie Perry collates a few action items for cubicle dwellers making the transition to digital nomads. 7 minutes to read.
  • Rebecca Greenfield reports on a growing trend: the end of telecommuting. 4 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland highlights five of her favorite segments from the last 50 Collaboration Superpower interviews. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Marcio Santos shared an infographic on common productivity killers and ways we can avoid them. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 28 – December 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 28 – December 4. And this week’s video: children narrate a Museum of London video of a man demonstrating how to cast an axe head using Bronze Age technologies. Just four minutes, safe for work, and far more thought-provoking than anything on television.

Must read / view / listen!

  • Sathappan Chinnakaruppan reports on teaching project management terminology, processes, and skills to sixth-grade kids – including his daughter.
  • Elizabeth Harrin recommends eleven must-have gadgets for the office worker on your holiday gift list.
  • Mike Cohn makes the case for standards of excellence in Agile and stimulates a whole lot of comments.

Established Methods

  • Women Testers Magazine October 2016 edition is now available for download, and it includes a variety of excellent articles. Yes, I know – it’s December …
  • Scott Matteson details ten (non-mutually exclusive) ways to kill a zombie IT project. No edged weapons required.
  • John McIntyre explains why the US government’s Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act is a big deal.
  • John Goodpasture quotes John LeCarre in asserting that part of assessing the quality of data is identifying the source.
  • Kerry Wills demonstrates the value of managing expectations when failure is a distinct possibility.
  • Nick Pisano updates us on progress toward producing a user experience completely under user control.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers shares his weekly round-up of all things Agile, from Scrum to Kanban, and from teams to customers.
  • Johanna Rothman explains why both pushing work (i.e. Scrum) and pulling work (i.e. Kanban) may be right for your team.
  • Dave Prior interviews Derek Huether on the Triangle of Productivity, his new theory on what makes us effective. Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ben Linders explains the Agile Self-Assessment Game, an interesting way for teams to discover how well they’ve embraced Agile methods.
  • Henny Portman reviews “The Product Samurai,” by Chris Lukassen, which maps the seven principles of the Samurai to product management. But no swords.
  • Shay Peleg debunks a half-dozen myths that senior management frequently believes about Agile methods.
  • Moira Alexander provides the smart person’s guide to Agile project management. Dummies need not apply.

Applied Leadership

  • Michael Wood identifies the critical “people realities” of project management, and the people skills we need to hone to deal with them.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy lists the “do’s” and “don’ts” of successfully managing your project team.
  • Laura Barnard deconstructs the instruction, “Be more strategic.”

Technology and Techniques

  • Jennifer Zaino reports from the Dataversity Enterprise Data World 2016 conference on the existential question: Is NoSQL the future of databases?
  • Jeff Boehm explains the notions behind NewSQL, which attempts to bridge the gap between traditional relational databases and NoSQL.
  • Nir Eyal tells how “multiple discovery theory” explains why great minds think alike, at about the same time.

Working and the Workplace

  • yawn-for-coffeeRebecca Knight provides a detailed course of action in getting your manager’s respect.
  • Leigh Espy talks with Bruce Harpham about how to get project management experience through volunteer work.
  • Nina Semczuk points out three signs your communication skills might need some work.

Enjoy!

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.

Enjoy!