New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 20 – 26. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Samad Aidane notes that the project kickoff is not the place to “sell” the project to the stakeholders – that should have already been done.
- Peter Saddington shares a video on how our assumptions and biases prevent us from being objective. Just four minutes, safe for work.
- Elizabeth Harrin has some advice for project managers asked to manage an internal project with little or no spending authority.
- Jerry Manas investigates the resource management and capacity planning choices we make when responding to increasing demand.
- Glen Alleman points out the logical fallacies in anecdotal evidence, and applies Carl Sagan’s bullshit detector.
- Gary Nelson returns from a wilderness first aid course with the observation that medical emergencies have many of the same attributes as projects.
- John Goodpasture reminds us that exposure to risk is cumulative: “The risk that at least one thing will fail is way more than the risk that any one thing will fail.”
- Kevin Coleman lays out the potential impact of a security breach, and the aftermath.
- Janani Dumbleton tells how to kick off a data governance initiative.
- Sean Williams begins a series on improving federal acquisition decisions through comprehensive financial analysis.
- Nick Pisano continues his criticism of how organizations misuse Excel as an analytical “filler” between specialized applications.
- Allen Ruddock sings the praises of Sharepoint as a project management tool.
- Kerry Wills zooms in on three “course corrections” that can keep a project on track.
- Mike Cohn begins a series on two approaches to sprint planning: velocity-driven and commitment-driven.
- Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan conclude their series extracted from their new testbook, “Introduction to Agile Methods.”
- Sandeep Lad fleshes out the definition of “servant leader.”
- Paul Ritchie shares some insights into how the best influencers convince the CEO.
- Martin Webster shares an infographic that ties together employee engagement, stress, and leadership.
- Shoaib Ahmed invokes Frederick Herzberg, who linked employee dissatisfaction to “hygiene factors” and employee satisfaction to achievement.
- Johanna Rothman recounts an anecdote that illustrates the potential blowback from executive-dictated culture change.
- Pam Stanton recalls an instance where a visionary leader ran into problems by not focusing on execution.
- Coert Visser gives us the executive summary of “Rethinking Positive Thinking,” by Gabriele Oettingen.
- Bruce Harpham explores networking, in three dimensions.
- Don Kim eyes with skepticism a claim that PMI-ACP credentialed project managers are the highest paid – especially coming from a training provider.
- Geoff Crane shares the slide deck from his keynote on emotional intelligence, “Why Smart People Fail,” presented at the PMI Durham Highlands monthly meeting.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 6 – 12. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman bemoans the abandonment of software engineering practices by so many who just want to sling code.
- Patrick Weaver reminds us of the proper definition of critical path.
- John Goodpasture starts with the flip of a coin, and proceeds give us the executive summary of statistical concepts for project managers.
- Kerry Wills would rather have a newbie with a good attitude than a jerk with a lot of expertise.
- Craig Brown shares an academic paper explaining how a “higher purpose” helped keep students motivated to perform tedious but necessary learning tasks.
- Alina Vrabie explores the neuroscience of routine tasks, muscle memory, and the effective sort of multi-tasking.
- Mary Shacklett identifies ten risks we might be overlooking in our IT projects.
- Kailash Awati has a few recommendations for enterprise architects.
- Bruce Harpham continues his series on strategic project management.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews a business book in story form by Samir Penskar called “From Projects to Programs.”
- Dave Garrett interviews Mary Gorman on her creative techniques for eliciting requirements.
- Bruce McGraw lists his tips for creating and processing your Email.
- Johanna Rothman shares a story of small internal releases leading to more frequent public releases, leading to happier customers.
- Mike Cohn contrasts definitions of quality by Philip Crosby and Joseph Juran, and triggers a comment-storm!
- Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan share a chapter on user stories from their new textbook, “Introduction to Agile Methods.”
- Bart Gerardi continues his series on Agile anti-patterns, extending his look at the misuse of story points.
- Manoj Khanna reviews the most common Agile metrics , and their significance.
- Tobias Mayer channels Stella Adler in a group exercise exploring the XP principle of system metaphor.
- Robert Galen offers some thoughts on the diagnosis and treatment of burnout.
- Allen Ruddock deflates a number of myths around project management training.
- Angela Guess posts the details of three upcoming CMMI Institute Data Management Maturity courses.
- Susanne Madsen gives us the Venn diagram of management and leadership.
- Coert Visser shares some new research: students who are told that they will have to explain the material to someone remember it better.
- Linky van der Merwe covers the eligibility requirements for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner exam.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 27 – February 2. Congratulations to Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks! Recommended:
The Future Starts Tomorrow
- Daniel Burrus notes that the ever-advancing portable phone is going to change our lives (even more) over the next decade.
- Lyndsey Gilpin reports on alternative energy developments that may influence how we power our technology, including solar-powered laptops and phones.
- Gideon Kimbrell shares four project management lessons we can learn from Steve Jobs.
- Martin Webster explores the critical differences between leadership and management.
- Cheri Baker tells how to confront a slacker co-worker. You guys know that they’ve legalized marijuana in Washington, right? Seattle is going to get interesting …
PM Best Practices
- Kalash Awati deconstructs the fallacy of technique-based project management, by examining the way in which we handle ambiguities.
- Andrew Makar shares a few status reporting anecdotes on adapting the message to the stakeholder, project by project.
- Steven Levy recounts an old lesson learned from the late Pete Seeger – don’t forget the small stuff. Especially the obvious small stuff.
- Shaun Russell explains what a data integration hub is, and why you need to establish a data privacy model before you start to build one.
- Scott Berkun tells how to overcome the unexpected in public speaking.
- Allen Ruddock prompts us to prepare for negotiations, by determining what we ideally want, what we intend to actually get, and what we must have.
- Alina Vrabie explores the Peltzman Effect, risk compensation, and the need to nurture our team’s ability to take risks.
- Mike Clayton has some suggestions on how to conduct project governance properly. Part one of two.
- Deanna Earle characterizes good and bad project governance, with an eye toward organizational culture.
- Aaron Smith interviews former PMI CEO Gregory Balestrero on his new book, “Organizational Survival,” sustainability, social responsibility, and driving positive change.
- Lynda Bourne reminds us that we need to select our KPI’s carefully, or risk unintended consequences.
- John Goodpasture reacts to an assertion that there exists an “asymmetrical understanding of the risk” between customer and supplier.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Klaus Falbe-Hansen, PM of the Øresund Bridge construction project. Just over an hour, safe for work, and a nice break from IT projects.
- Mark Phillipy hosts a meeting with five project managers who took his “project management challenge” via a Google+ Hangout. Just over an hour, safe for work.
- Pawel Brodzinski reviews some of the literature on the optimum size for a team, and decides that maybe it doesn’t matter.
- Bruno Collet gives his thoughts on the value and meaning of his PMI-ACP credential.
- Ajay Kabra explains why the Scrum product owner needs to be good at strategic thinking.
- Elizabeth Harrin recaps the news in the world of project management, for January.
- Kevin Simler contrasts the underlying differences between western and Chinese worldviews, to get to a better understanding of technical debt. No, really!