VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of April 25 – May 1. And this week’s video: Nixie Pixel explains how to install and use KeePass, my favorite every-platform password manager. Just over six minutes, safe for work.
Lynda Bourne expounds on the nature and sources of reputational risk and dealing with reputational risk events.
Cade Metz reports on the founding of OpenAI, the new firm founded by Elon musk and Sam Altman which will create transformative technology and then give it away.
Bertrand Duperrin shares his analysis of PWC’s 2016 Global CEO Survey. Key takeaway: business has to redefine success in order to be successful. Established Methods
John Goodpasture: “Risk management does not set policy for the project office; it only sets the left and right-hand boundaries for the vision, or for the project policies.”
Laura Barnard explains why PMO success is driven more by building trust than by establishing repeatable processes.
Ryan Ogilvie lays out some strategies for what to do when your IT service improvement program stops improving – there are paths past the plateau.
Rich Maltzman notes project portfolio management lessons in Ken Burn’s documentary, “National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” and E.O. Wilson’s “Half Earth.”
Danie van den Berg makes the case for diagrams and visuals, and just drawing things during meetings. Agile Methods
Lisette Sutherland interviews Johanna Rothman on organizing geographically distributed teams. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
Bart Gerardi shows how and when to use a story point value of zero.
Vyom Bharagwaj describes two common estimating techniques: Wideband Delphi and Planning Poker.
The Clever PM begins a series on Product Management Fundamentals: Working with designers.
Alex DiPasquale outlines the importance of properly written acceptance criteria.
Dave Duggal notes that the proliferation of API’s, whether SOAP /WSDL or REST, is making every software app a collection of integration experiments. Applied Leadership
Harry Hall tells how to manage that project team member who isn’t performing.
Art Petty speaks out on the “inner game of leading,” meaning the mental attitude that drives our behavior.
Tony, Renee, Craig, and Tyson interview David Marquet, author of “Turn the Ship Around!” Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
Elise Stevens interviews occupational psychologist Sharon De Mascia on developing a coaching approach in project management. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
Shawn Quigley and Jon Quigley note the critical contribution of project management to the Learning Organization.
Bruce Harpham interviews Steve Ressler, founder of GovLoop, on becoming an effective leader. Pot Pouri
Elizabeth Harrin reveals her recent reading, from the inspirational “Personal Best” to “The Social Project Manager,” to a travel guide and more.
Penelope Trunk notes that Generation Y is starting new businesses at a slower rate than Gen X. Entrepreneurship is being replaced with free-lancing.
Jeff Collins lists five skills that project managers should include in their resumes, preferably in describing their accomplishments.
Sara McCord identifies four behaviors that can derail your job search – even when you’re a perfect fit.
Alyse Kalish posts an infographic on various ways to make yourself fall asleep faster. Not listed, but my favorite technique: three-suit Spider Solitaire [yawn] …
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VIDEONew 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. Established Methods
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. Agile Methods
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. Applied Leadership
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. Established Methods
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! Agile Methods
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… Applied Leadership
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.
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