New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 4 – 10. Recommended:
- Bruce Harpham shares part of his reading list from the last year, and urges us to make reading a key part of our professional development program in 2016.
- Bob Tarne has been reading “Change by Design,” by Tim Brown. He’s found some interesting insights on the nature of constraints: feasibility, viability, and desirability.
- Gurjeet Singh gives us some background on machine learning: what it is, what it can do, and what we should expect for the next few years.
- Michel Dion notes that not every project is an IT project, even when they involve software.
- Deb Schaffer starts every project with the same question: “What does project success look like?”
- Johanna Rothman questions the value of certifications and credentials in hiring.
- Steve Olson extracts project management insights from his long experience in contract management.
- Brad Rach points out a source of risk we might not have considered: the project manager.
- Nancy Settle-Murphy shares some techniques for establishing a compelling presence in conference calls, where they can’t see your body language.
- Mario Trentim has prepared a list of questions to ask for those organizations that want to start a PMO.
- Tim Wasserman looks into the causes and effects of the gap between organizational strategy and executing on that strategy.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Peter Monkhouse on preventing failure by communicating based on how the project fits into the organization strategy. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
- The Clever PM reviews the twelve guiding principles listed in the Agile Manifesto.
- Jonathan Schneider presents two scenarios for Agile transformation: one based on compliance, and one based on empowering teams in a pilot.
- John Gilroy interviews Jesse Fewell on how Agile methods are being adopted by U.S. federal government agencies. Just 42 minutes, safe for work.
- Tom McFarlin recommends a pragmatic approach: don’t over-engineer your solutions.
- Angela Wick brings a business analyst’s eye to Agile methods.
- Gurpreet Singh presents an interesting metaphor for leadership: The Listening Tree.
- Mike Clayton tutors us on influence and persuasion, including a list of persuasion tactics from his book, “How to Influence in Any Situation.”
- Art Petty suggests we start a business revolution – by fighting corporate bureaucracy to eliminate obstacles.
- Susanne Madsen coaches us on how to handle a demanding workload, by sharing it.
- Lynda Bourne points out the signs that a project manager is on the path to becoming a great team leader.
Trends and the New Year
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.