New PM Articles for the Week of February 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Jochen Menges explains how charismatic leaders speak to our emotions, and why we defer to them. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Hear)!

  • Vicki Wrona concludes her four-part series on project management obstacles with her reflections on unrealistic expectations and micro-management.
  • Mike Griffiths explains how to apply Lean Thinking precepts to your PMO, to deliver the most value with the least waste and highest utilization of available talent.
  • Cornelius Fichtner extracts the answer to one question he asked in each of 14 interviews at the PMI Global Congress 2016: Which is the interpersonal skill that you attribute the most of our success in your career to? Just 24 minutes, safe for work.

Established Methods

  • Leigh Espy provides a complete, concise, and actionable tutorial on software project requirements.
  • Mark Mulally contemplates project management as a service function, and what that means to stakeholders, sponsors, and project managers.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Michel Dion on rescuing troubled projects with a brutal assessment and a new plan, followed by execution and intense monitoring. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Barry Hodge explains how to tailor Prince2 to each project. And yes, that’s an integral part of the method!
  • Harry Hall identifies seven common quality management failure modes.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile tribes to the learning value of prototyping, to the Goldilocks product development timeframe.
  • Johanna Rothman shows how to maintain visibility over the work you postpone with a Parking Lot.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Bryan Beecham on the importance of simplicity, psychological safety, and continuous improvement. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Jay Melone addresses the big question on Design sprints: how do you get from validation to execution?
  • Tamás Török links us to the best Slack integrations for distributed software teams.

Applied Leadership

  • John Goodpasture ruminates on the fiduciary nature of the project manager role.
  • Art Petty catalogs some of the awkward moments—the ones that trigger our negative emotions—and advises on how to handle them.
  • Grace Windsor explores ways to apply emotional intelligence techniques to enhance team collaboration.

Technology and Techniques

  • Mordaxus starts a series where he will complain about information security practices with a short didactic on security models.
  • Cathy Nolan reports on the growing use of Internet of Things technology by retailers, as they watch us shop and try to understand (and influence) our behavior.
  • Joe Wynne starts a series on managing robotic process automation projects for CRM applications. The fact that I can type this, you get what it means, and we both treat it as A Thing astounds me to no end.
  • Bill Gates wants us to tax the robots who take human jobs. Even the ones shaped like paper clips? OK, maybe that’s an obscure reference …

Working and the Workplace

  • Brendan Toner touts OneNote as the ultimate tool for blogging (I use it for just about all of my writing and note taking these days).
  • Bertrand Duperrin points to recent studies that found needlessly complex processes kill productivity and reduce employee engagement.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a long list of the small strategies that help her to be efficient in her multiple roles.
  • Lolly Daskal reminds us that time management is only one piece of the productivity and effectiveness puzzle.
  • Lisette Sutherland focuses on maintaining our health when working remotely by being mobile. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Dr. Andrew Weil demonstrates the 4 – 7 – 8 breathing exercise. Useful for dealing with stress, getting to sleep, and avoiding criminal charges when some half-wit swerves into your lane. Just five minutes, and safer for work than driving in Las Vegas.

Must read (Holiday Prep Edition)!

  • Seth Godin helps us with gifts for smart friends by name-checking ten excellent books. I’m going to read at least two of them over the holiday break – the best way to begin a new year is with new ideas.
  • Elizabeth Harrin re-tunes the old carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” for project managers and their sponsors.
  • Margaret Meloni shares five tips for getting through the holiday season “in peace and not in pieces.”

Established Methods

  • Karen Chovan expounds on social responsibility and the intersection of sustainability and risk.
  • Dave Prior interviews Philip Diab on a new concept: Rapid Start PMO. Just 41 minutes, safe for work, and fun to listen in as two smart guys just chat about what we do.
  • Stuart Easton describes five ideas that are transforming the PMO landscape.
  • Barath Balasubramanian describes the steps to set up a new PMO.
  • Harry Hall tutors us on breaking down a project into deliverables and the activities that will create them.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly round-up of Agile content – from critiquing Agile as a dumb process to smart applications of Agile for other tasks.
  • Janna Bastow describes theme-based product roadmaps, and how they facilitate innovation by grouping by time horizons.
  • The Clever PM identifies other roles (besides product manager) that must lead through influence, and so merit collaboration.
  • James Hammon and Scott Weiner offer the executive-level view of managing global teams who are using Agile methods.
  • Tom Churchwell explains the shift away from managing quality assurance as teams practicing Agile methods mature.
  • Tom McFarlin points out that unit tests are only cost-effective to the extent that they improve code quality to “good enough.”
  • Johanna Rothman raises objections to the way cost accounting is applied to teams using Agile methods, and triggers a lot of comments.

Applied Leadership

  • Michael Lopp shares five of his leadership hacks, all of which are simple behaviors. “I understand the compounding awesomeness of continually fixing small broken things.”
  • Nicolas Cole lists the building blocks effective leaders use to create successful cultures.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kim Wasson on applying emotional intelligence to leadership. New phrase: “Emotional contagion.” Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jenny Chapman reports on a study which indicates that managers, lacking the time to process both objective and subjective information, rely more on subjective information.

Technology and Techniques

  • Michael Blaha warns us to be cautious about how we use derived data. Don’t try to store the results, as it won’t stay in synch with the source!
  • Jeff Collins tutors us on business process management.
  • Grace Windsor explains how to use OneNote for task management. I’ve been using OneNote in conjunction with Outlook for a couple of years now, and can vouch for the combination.

Working and the Workplace

  • Nancy Settle-Murphy describes the keys to one of her client’s virtual meeting process, which sounds like something we all should aspire to.
  • Lisette Sutherland extracts snippets from past interviews that address “getting the work-life balance right.” Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Liz Ryan identifies ten signs your boss appreciates you, and ten that they don’t.

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!