New PM Articles for the Week of November 10 – 16

Balloon Over the WallNew project management articles published on the web during the week of November 10 – 16. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Kevin Kern traces the trajectory of re-planning from reactive to proactive to predictive.
  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes a presentation by Mark Englehardt at PMI Hungary’s Art of Projects Conference, “Project Risk Management Doesn’t Have to be Difficult.”
  • Steven Levy outlines the elements of the project charter.
  • Roxi Bahar Hewertson considers how four types of mastery contribute to leadership success.
  • Rich Maltzman demonstrates the impact of context in our communications, with a graphic that lets us deceive ourselves.
  • Bruce Harpham presents the PMBOK view of managing conflict, as a follow-up to last week’s post on sources of project management conflict.
  • Bruce Benson explores conscious uncoupling, as members of a struggling organization fight to preserve the size of their piece of the pie.
  • Michael Girdler links morale problems and lowered and productivity as result of organizational change to the project communications plan.
  • Lynda Bourne contrasts the functions of management with the functions of governance.
  • Allen Ruddock looks at the “overs and unders” that contribute to failed projects.
  • Kerry Wills argues for picking team members who may not be perfect in any one role, but can play multiple roles.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn illustrates the incremental and iterative nature of Agile development, with a sculpture metaphor.
  • Mike Griffiths says that the key to scaling Agile is not adding process, but facilitating the work of teams.
  • Terry Bunio points out the plain truth that “minimum viable product” is not always an appropriate approach.
  • Michiko Diby takes issue with the term “Scrum Master.”
  • Neil Killick: “We teams can make a huge difference to removing the typical dysfunctions around software estimates, simply by asking the right questions.”
  • Madhavi Ledalla champions automation and virtualization, as drivers of improved quality, reduced build time, and more predictability.
  • Milton Dillard explains what Agile acquisition support is, in the context of how the U.S. federal government lets contracts.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dave Cornelius on the project manager role in Lean and Agile approaches. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mark Phillipy shares a presentation on improving task estimation using three-point estimates and critical chain. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Paul Ritchie posts his very first Crossderry Blog podcast, explaining why the Apple Watch won’t compete with the Swiss watch industry. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pouri

  • Suzanne Lucas offers her list of ten simple things to do (and stop doing) in order to boost your career.
  • Coert Visser explains why you should interrupt.
  • Ron Friedman says you’re probably not getting enough sleep; explains how it’s impacting the quality of your work; and then tells you what to do about it.
  • Nick Pisano weighs in on Net Neutrality, the economics of controlling access to information, and the demands of the powerful interests who want that control.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 27 – November 2

Just OverheadNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 27 – November 2. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • The second edition of Women Testers Magazine is now available. Not just for women or testers – this is some truly excellent content. Highly recommended!
  • John Goodpasture considers two views of “architecture.”
  • A Business Cloud News survey found that IT isn’t really driving SaaS adoption, and cloud-based applications are still providing data security challenges.
  • Andy Jordan concludes his long series on organizational risk management.
  • Johanna Rothman lays out an approach for tactical management.
  • Bruce Benson makes the case for getting into the weeds – researching the history, understanding past performance, and scheduling based on demonstrated capabilities.
  • Rebecca Mayville uses the butterfly as a metaphor for driving positive change.
  • Michelle Stronach recounts a sad story of how she took over a project in progress, from a well-liked, competent project manager who passed away.

Agile Methods

  • Kailash Awati describes how to apply the principles of emergent design to enterprise IT.
  • Glen Alleman shares his article, “Agile Program Management,” published in Cutter Journal. A long but excellent read.
  • Mike Cohn continues his series on sprint planning with the commitment-driven approach.
  • David Anderson notes that, as soon as organizations get used to time-boxing, they shrink the size of the boxes. Kanban (naturally) avoids this trap!
  • Don Kim believes that the Scrum team will only succeed if the Product Owner truly understands what is needed and can communicate it effectively.
  • Ravi Nihesh Srivastava proposes using Scrum to produce a high-quality technical proposal.

Leadership

  • Bob Tarne summarizes keys points from a recent presentation by Tom Peters.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Oana Krogh-Nielsen, Head of the PMO for the National Electrification Program for the Danish rail system, Banedanmark.
  • Bruce Harpham interviews Terry Schmidt, whose resume begins with his internship at NASA during the Apollo Moon landing program, on strategic project management.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Joseph Flahiff at the PMI Global Congress, on his new book, “Being Agile in a Waterfall World.” Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior rounds up with fellow Agilistocrats Richard Cheng and Dhaval Panchal to discuss Agile misconceptions they see in training classes. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Margaret Meloni shares an article by Roxi Hewertson, “Lead Like it Matters.” Just 3 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig, Tony, and Renee interview Em Campbell-Pretty on the Scaled Agile Framework. Just 35 minutes, SAFe for work. Oh, stop rolling your eyes …

Pot Pouri

  • Linky van der Merwe tells us about the African Storybook Project, which aims to translate children’s stories into African languages and publish them on the internet.
  • Pat Weaver celebrates the 30th anniversary of the PMP examination with a brief history of PMI, the PMBOK, and the PMP credential.
  • Ralf Finchett shows the Project De-Motivational posters he’s been working on, and asks if we have any ideas. Wait until I take my medication, Ralf …
  • Kerry Wills finds the humor in Reply to All when “All” is the entire company.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 12– 18

Cartoon NewsboyNew project management articles published on the web during the week of May 12 – 18. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:

Portfolio Management

  • Francis Hooke explains how to use a weighted prioritization matrix to select the right alternatives.
  • Luis Seabra Coelho shows how applying the wrong weightings to evaluation attributes can lead you to select the wrong alternatives for your project portfolio.
  • Chi-Pong Wong reminds us that, as our projects progress toward completion, we need to update the priorities in our portfolio.
  • Rob Saxon tells us how to give our PMO a check-up.

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman says that project success is built on four pillars: schedule, cost, risk, and uncertainty.
  • Ron Rosenhead wonders if maybe a lot of projects get off the rails because people like the adrenaline rush of putting them right?
  • Bill Flury shares a case study in getting everyone to use the same process, by collaborating on a standard and making it more visible.
  • Kerry Wills wants to share the MS OneNote Kool-Aid with us. I’m also a recent convert, and I agree – it’s excellent.
  • Michel Dion starts a two part series on risk management, the PMBOK way.
  • Susanne Madsen tells how to get through to skeptical stakeholders.
  • Chuck Morton continues his series on reconstructing project management, with a look at how projects get approved.
  • Steven Levy tells us a few reassuring things about what we don’t know, and applies a practical approach to making estimates.
  • John Carroll notes that projects have a beginning, middle, and end, and project teams require different things of their project manager in each stage.
  • Aaron Smith summarizes recent news that the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, Version 3, is coming soon.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on designing your Agile project, with a look at Agile programs.
  • Pawel Brodzinski questions whether those who have trouble getting value from Kanban and other Agile approaches understand the underlying principles.
  • John Goodpasture notes the historical disconnect between excellent design and maintainability.

Professional Development

  • Bruce McGraw tells how to succeed at office politics.
  • Alina Vrabie explores the connection between dynamic leaders and addictive personalities.
  • Martin Webster continues his series on leadership models with a look at Daniel Goleman’s “six golf clubs” approach.
  • Dave Wakeman tells us how to make leadership part of our daily routine.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Will Kintish, author of Business Networking – The Survival Guide.
  • Karen Lopez lets us in on a secret: why women aren’t speaking at conferences.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Dave Prior interviews Luke Hohmann on improving collaboration among distributed teams. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dr. David Hillson on adding two steps to the risk management process: implementing risk responses, and post-project review. Just 28 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Dr. Noel Radley about her study of project management job listings, and recent graduate Katy Brouwer on her strategy for finding her first project management job. Just 36 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!