New PM Articles for the Week of August 24 – 30

Crater LakeNew project management articles published on the web during the week of August 24 – 30. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Gary Lea raises the legal and ethical question: who is accountable when artificial intelligence does something harmful? This isn’t just a Dilbert story line!
  • Paul Pelletier addresses the proper response when you observe bullying in the workplace.
  • Art Petty explains the manager’s responsibilities when bullied by an employee.

Established Methods

  • Stilgherrian looks ahead, to when the Internet of Things has massive installations of unsupported code, security exploits abound, and the world is your data center.
  • John Goodpasture contemplates old court cases and dead horses, and finds verities amongst the balderdash.
  • Matthew Squair maintains that the mid-flight explosion of shuttle Challenger resulted from a failure of engineers to communicate the nature of the risk.
  • Allen Ruddock provides an example of the milestone leveling technique.
  • Harry Hall follows up on a recent article listing 40 reasons PMO’s fail, with ten risk strategies for preventing PMO failure.
  • Aaron Smith summarizes the key points of a recent Gartner Group report on ensuring the relevancy of the PMO.
  • Mike Girdler explains the difference between continuous improvement and innovation, and why one might be more important than the other for your organization.
  • Kevin Coleman uses the example of 3D printing to explore the need to continually evolve business strategy, in order to deal with what’s happening in the larger business environment.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn examines an iterative approach that is still just waterfall in smaller chunks. Old habits die hard!
  • Johanna Rothman contrasts the different roles of the project portfolio management team and the product owner team.
  • Zoltan Csutoras advocates what he calls the “one piece flow” as a technique to reinvigorate the daily stand-up. Limiting work in progress can be the key to getting to done!
  • Damián Buonamico recommends a Kaizen board as a visual tool to correct the pathologies identified during retrospectives.

Work Isn’t a Place You Go

  • Patti Gilchrist addresses the growing demand that project managers be knowledgeable of a specific domain.
  • Bruce Harpham ties together several of his earlier posts on managing your career, with some insights into earning that next promotion.
  • Bruce Benson reflects on the choice of either training your own people or hiring new people with the needed skills.
  • Patricia Goh lists the reasons for actually using your vacation time.

Video Podcasts from Agile 2015

  • Dave Prior interviews Mike Vizdos and Michele Sliger at the Agile Alliance Video Podcast booth. Just 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Esther Darby. Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Scott Ambler on Agile Data Warehousing and Disciplined Agile Delivery. Just 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith and Renee Troughton join a round table of podcasters and other attendees. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.

 

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 27 – August 2

Over the StripNew project management articles published on the web during the week of July 27 – August 2. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares the ten “nots” – things you should never do, at the expense of your career.
  • Kristin Wong summarizes recent research that found it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to task after a significant interruption.
  • Harry Hall recounts his recommendations for sponsors. One of the top reasons for project failure is a lack of leadership and sustained engagement by the project sponsor.

PM Best Practices

  • Pat Weaver outlines the changes coming to the PMP exam, effective November 1, 2015. Based on the recent role delineation study, it reflects the way we manage projects today.
  • John Goodpasture analyzes a list of paradoxes prevalent in Digital Age leadership, as compiled by Nielsen and Meehan.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Bill Dow on integrating social media into your project communication plan. Just 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lynda Bourne reviews our alternatives for dealing with stakeholders: crisis management, stakeholder management, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Ryan Ogilvie argues that the tool is not as important as how we plan to use it. “Don’t paint a rusty car.”
  • Ben Ferris introduces us to one of his colleagues: the office coffee machine.
  • Michael Greer has published his new project management resources book online, and it’s free!
  • Glen Alleman explains why estimating is not guessing, and vice-versa. Note: the term dead reckoning is a corruption of ded (deduced) reckoning.
  • Nick Pisano addresses a conundrum: software is getting slower at a faster rate than computer hardware is getting faster.
  • Gil Press profiles Michael Stonebraker on his recent Big Data work: getting past the extract – transform – load model of curating multiple data sources via machine learning.
  • Tushar Patel expounds on how the PMO can add value.
  • Bertrand Duperrin maintains that the only client of an intranet project is the employee end user.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn helps us check our math on product backlog grooming: estimates tend to get better as we better understand what we’re estimating.
  • Randy Rayess notes that the skill set for “great coder” has no significant overlap with the skill set for “team leader.” We need to have alternative career paths.
  • Jennifer Quraishi and Huimin Li interview Johanna Rothman on the concepts in her new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management.”
  • Santosh Shaastry examines technical debt and the technical definition of done.

Managing Your Career

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Jen Gresham, author and coach, on how overachievers can find the clarity and courage they need to design the life they love. Just 58 minutes, safe for work, but don’t listen while multi-tasking – that would defeat the purpose!
  • Bruce Harpham reports from the World Domination Summit, equal parts enlightenment and entertainment.
  • Michael Adams reminds us that workplace diversity requires hard work and personal commitment.
  • Allen Ruddock makes the business case for project managers to use LinkedIn.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 9 – 15

Red BalloonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 9 – 15. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Suzanne Lucas interprets recent research by a developmental psychologist, which identified seven critical skills that are necessary for you to become a successful boss.
  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes the four primary styles used in giving feedback, as detailed in Anna Carroll’s book, “The Feedback Imperative.”
  • Elizabeth Booker gives us a tutorial on procurement administrative lead time. Ever had a project start delayed because a lawyer was reviewing terms and conditions? Yup, that stuff.

PM Best Practices

  • Stephen Brobst says the interesting thing about Big Data isn’t Bigness, but the way structure and demand continuously evolves.
  • Glen Alleman observes that using a Fibonacci series for estimating adds no more certainty to the process than you’d get from using a geometric series.
  • Paul Ritchie explains what is required for an R&D-centered organization to get the most value from their PMO.
  • Ronald Bisaccia reviews the evidence: why women tend to be better at assessing and managing risks than men. Ummm … testosterone rots the brain?
  • Nick Pisano reports on efforts to standardize representations of historical data from past projects, in support of management reporting and better estimates.
  • David Cotgreave points out that some of the project manage predictions for 2015 have already materialized.
  • Toby Elwin finds project management lessons in the work of Led Zeppelin. “There’s a sponsor who’s sure all that glitters is gold, and she’s thinks she’s bought a stairway to Heaven.”
  • Ryan Ogilvie presents an example of how to apply problem management principles to IT service delivery.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jonathan Herbert, who inspired him to create his podcast, on lessons learned in preparing for the PMP exam. Just 51 minutes, safe for work.

 Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn notes that we need to account for three types of time when planning a Sprint.
  • John Goodpasture gives us a quick excerpt from the upcoming 2nd edition of his classic, “Project Management the Agile Way.”
  • William Nocolich says that indecision is responsible for much of the high failure rate of software development projects.
  • Andrew Lin pulls together some rules of thumb, rubrics, and generalized principles that pertain to Agile and Scrum.
  • Derek Huether takes a personality assessment, and his wife confirms the diagnosis. We’re not as unique as our fingerprints would lead us to believe …

 Soft Skills

  • Bruce Harpham gives us a history lesson on George Washington – who knew he was a life-hacker?
  • Kevin Coleman articulates the long-term effects of the loss of intellectual capital and experience, as the Boomers retire.
  • Hendrie Weisinger recommends creating attainable goals and celebrating small wins – call them micro-successes.
  • Mario Trentim looks at conducting a stakeholder analysis from the perspective of the stakeholder.
  • Ron Rosenhead recounts a PM student’s tale of failing to identify a key stakeholder, and the $200 million fine that eventually resulted.

Enjoy!