New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 23 – 29. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Tom McFarlin recalls Dwight D. Eisenhower’s clarification on the difference between important and urgent. Knowing the difference will help you prioritize your tasks.
- Bertrand Duperrin points out an interesting development reflected in Jane McConnell’s annual study: your intranet and your organization are the two sides of a single reality.
- Dick Weisinger reports on a Gartner Group estimate that 2018, half of all ethics violations will arise from improper use of Big Data.
- Nick Pisano begins a series describing a general theory of projects as complex adaptive systems, based on systems theory.
- Henny Portman reviews the second edition of “Project Sponsorship,” by Randall Englund and Alfonso Bucero, from PMI.
- Mike Clayton explains how to lead your project sponsor. Yes, you have to lead up, or you’ll let them down.
- Todd Williams provides a top-level look at organization change models, noting that they don’t all address the same things.
- Thomas Carney describes the trade-offs of push processes versus pull process in issue management.
- Harry Hall explains how to improve the quality of your risk statements.
- Matthew Squair identifies a problem with the way that the Federal Aviation Administration defines risk severity classifications.
- Sarah Hood tells how to include risk management into communications planning.
- Kevin Coleman notes that everything from social media to business participation in development has raised the stakes for proper testing.
- John Goodpasture points out an inescapable fact: most projects run on “little data,” which is mostly tracked in Excel.
- Glen Alleman differentiates between a system and the products that comprise or deploy the system. Important distinctions for estimating cost and schedule!
- Mike Griffiths looks at managing program benefits from an Agile perspective.
- Derek Huether uses the experience of renewing his driver’s license to illustrate two important Lean metrics: Lead Time and Cycle Time.
- Dele Oluwole suggests pairings of Scrum, XP, DSDM, and Lean. Sort of an Agile sommelier…
- Elizabeth Harrin expounds on that most practical skill: leadership.
- Bruce Harpham reflects on his positive experience as an active member of Toastmasters.
- Art Petty describes the behavior of a negative manager type he calls the “hyper-rooster.” And the cure involves more than just switching to decaf.
- Liane Davey concludes her analysis of what’s missing from executive teams, and how to bridge the gap.
- Ravindra Wankar offers some advice for Millenial project managers.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Frank Saladis on his 2015 PMI Global Congress presentation, ”The Indispensable Project Manager.” Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
- Allen Ruddock illustrates how to analyze a business problem to ensure you are doing the right project. Just ten minutes, safe for work.
- Margaret Meloni explains how to diffuse anger. Just two minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 16 – 22. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Michel Dion advocates for informal communication, as 75% or more of the communication on a project.
- Sreenivas Kunapuli describes what might be the first new contract type in decades: the pre-paid staffing model.
- Paul Ritchie points out the value of a PMO in mergers and divestitures. Having been through more than a few myself, I agree completely.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Brett Harned on how his project teams use Slack as a communication platform.
- Lindsey Patterson reviews the technology and techniques available for maintaining communications with team members working away from the office.
- Gina Abudi tells how to handle that rare problem of an overly-engaged project sponsor.
- Wanda Curlee briefs us on this year’s PMO symposium in Phoenix, from the perspective of a portfolio manager.
- Adam Shostack finds new information security wisdom in a relatively old book: Henry Petroski’s “The Evolution of Useful Things.”
- Dave Wakeman explains how to mix innovation in with a structured approach to project management.
- Jeff Collins details the steps to close out a project.
- Kerry Wills says that action items need a date, so he schedules a meeting to get an update from the person assigned to the action.
- Mike Cohn says there is value in the work not assigned. It gives people a chance to step up and lead.
- Glen Alleman shares an incredibly long Agile-at-Scale reading list.
- Johanna Rothman begins a series: how long are your Scrum iterations?
- Bruce Harpham provides a quick introduction to user stories, as a mechanism for identifying requirements.
- Derek Huether on choosing an Agile framework: “Look for a framework that looks like a potential organizational end-state.”
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jack Ferraro on his paper, “Measure Twice, Change Once: Practical Strategies for Change Management.” Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
- Mike Clayton summarizes recent research into resistance to change.
- Colin Ellis says the best thing about project management is “Knowing that you brought a team of people together and collectively created something special.”
- Coert Visser observes that letting go of our limiting beliefs is necessary in order to play a positive role in the world.
- John Goodpasture has some advice for the introvert attending a conference.
- Elise Stevens interviews John Hinwood on stress addiction: “Stress acts in the same brain regions as other addictive substances.” Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 19 – 25. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Seth Godin uses the Boeing 747 as a metaphor for large projects and organizations: as scale increases, gravity takes more of a toll, and everything becomes harder.
- Bertrand Duperrin notes that the connected economy, robots, and drones will push our collective acceptance of risk farther than ever.
- David Needle summarizes data science iconoclast Nate Silver’s keynote address at the Rich Data Summit. “Big Data has peaked, and that’s a good thing.”
- Kailash Awati tells a little story about a proof of concept, which proved only that … well, I’ll let him tell you.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Cesar Abeid’s new book, “Project management For You.”
- Henny Portman reviews “Transforming Business with Program Management,” by Satish Subramanian.
- John Goodpasture recounts a story about the voice of the customer, where the speaker was a Marine Corps General.
- Todd Williams makes a good case for the PMO as a temporary organization – a project, with a specific goal and a time box, rather than a bureaucracy.
- Marian Haus argues that scope management is the primary enabler of project success.
- Rich Maltzman extracts key understandings from the recent PMI “Pulse of the Profession” report, which reinforces the message in his latest book.
- Pat Weaver gives us an overview and a link to the Guild of Project Controls Body of Knowledge.
- Nick Pisano editorializes on the U.S. Defense Contract Management Agency.
- Phillip Smith describes Kaizen, as applied to a project.
- Kerry Wills notes a key similarity between middle school math and project execution.
- Joseph Czarnecki contrasts classical and jazz, traditional methods and waterfall, and gets us to consider a mindset.
- Kelsey van Haaster gives us a tutorial on Blitz Planning, where the goal is to identify the earliest point at which business value can be delivered.
- Glen Alleman puts “classic” risk management in perspective for Agile methods.
- Mike Cohn explains why the UX designer is typically looking ahead, to the next sprint and beyond.
- Harry Hall asks five fierce questions, “…to help you identify the deeper things that are limiting your effectiveness.”
- Bruce Harpham examines three strategies for earning the right to influence others.
- Art Petty coaches us on how to get past a career setback.
- Penelope Trunk coaches us on how to answer the three interview questions. Yes, there are only three – they just get asked in different ways.
- Elise Stevens interviews Cesar Abeid on his new book, “Project Management For You.” Just 16 minutes, safe for work.