New PM Articles for the Week of May 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 23 – 29. And this week’s video: a satire of television news from The Onion. Two minutes, completely unsafe for work, and absolutely hysterical. Television journalism is to journalism as television personality is to personality.

Must read (and hear)!

  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Leslie Truex, who has been blogging about working from home for nearly twenty years. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Larissa Scordato, Patrice Colanecco Embry, Tera Caldwell Simon, and Natalie Warnert on gender bias in project management. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Tricia van der Grient interviews Anders Ericsson on his new book, “Peak,” and the science behind developing expertise.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin tells us how to manage roles and responsibilities using the RACI chart and it’s sibling, the RASCI chart.
  • Ryan Ogilvie explains how to select metrics that are meaningful to business operations, and use them to optimize IT service delivery.
  • John Goodpasture finds project management lessons in the work and design approach of esteemed architect Frank Gehry.
  • Magnus Doll polled a number of project managers on line, asking them to identify the hurdles they commonly encounter. Here he summarizes each of them.
  • Ken Ashe tutors us on the Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy gets into the detail of a software development WBS.
  • Rob England links the Cynefin model of complexity and knowledge to the need to experiment, resulting in what he refers to as Noble Failures.

Agile Methods

  • The Clever PM explains how the product manager should work with the sales folks to get the best results for both Development and Sales.
  • Johanna Rothman examines an organizational case where Agile is just … wrong.
  • Mike Griffiths continues his assessment of Bimodal IT with a concept from Jim Collins, “The Genius of the AND.”
  • Esther Derby shares the key bullet points from her keynote at Big Apple Scrum, as captured by one of the attendees.
  • Derek Huether wants to distinguish between Work in Process and Work in Progress.
  • Srividya Natarajan explains how her distributed Scrum team was organized to maximize delivered value.

Applied Leadership

  • Scott Berkun gives us the short version of how to be a better public speaker. Considering he wrote an entire book on the subject, this is definitely short.
  • Elise Stevens has rounded up six resources to help you improve your delegation skills.
  • Liane Davey begins a three-part series on transitioning a team to new leadership by looking at the good and bad reasons to want to succeed your boss.
  • Bruce Harpham introduces us to job shadowing, as a technique to improve job mobility within the organization. Retention depends on job satisfaction and growth.
  • Susanne Madsen tutors us on becoming proactive project managers.
  • Seth Godin looks at the economics of being proactive.

Balloon May 2016Project Risk Management

  • Harry Hall distinguishes between threats and issues and how each should be tracked.
  • David Hillson follows up on his risk facilitator article by mapping each facilitation style to common risk identification techniques.
  • Cornelius Fichtner presents a free project risk management PDF eBook by Dr. Jim Young, “Managing Murphy.” Just 6 minutes, safe for work.

The folks in this balloon have the right idea – we waved at each other as they floated by our house. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 9 – 15. And this week’s video: how to display two different chart types in one chart in Excel. Just five minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Art Petty provides guidance on how to recover from the damage a toxic employee does to both the team and the manager.
  • Cameron Conaway reports on the evidence that, despite advances in the last few years, sexism still limits opportunities for women in a business world dominated by men.
  • Narciss Popescu updates Tuckman’s model of group development – Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning – based on studies that reflect modern business.

Established Methods

  • Michel Dion describes decision management and related administrative tool, the Decision Log.
  • Harry Hall describes the benefits of conducting a risk audit, and provides an example.
  • Pat Weaver notes that the language we use to describe project risks can make it more difficult to communicate and manage them.
  • Henny Portman reviews Jan Postema’s new book, “The Effective Project Board.” Looks like an interesting read.
  • Mike Clayton points out the critical information in a project brief: the document that gets a project approved.
  • Jeff Collins makes the case for project dashboard reporting.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebeskiy concludes his two-part series on creating a work breakdown structure with twenty traits of the high-quality WBS.
  • Magnus Doll has compiled a list of the twenty “most interesting” project management blogs, including this one – thanks for the recognition!
  • Thor Olavsrud reports from Apache: Big Data North America, where keynote speaker Amy Gaskins explained the critical attributes of successful Big Data projects.

Agile Methods

  • John Goodpasture takes exception to Philippe Krutchen’s recent post expanding the definition of technical debt – it’s not just about design decisions.
  • Johanna Rothman provides an example of using a discovery project to improve both the quality of the cost and schedule estimates of a proposed project and get customer buy-in.
  • Tin Kadoic provides an overview of how Five and Shoutem approach product testing. Critical point: expose the product to the users early in the development process!
  • Thomas Carney notes the need to get user feedback in a structured manner, so it’s actionable.
  • Samir Goswami examines the challenge of making quality measurable in for a Scrum team.
  • Craig Smith interviews Marcus Hammarberg on his new book, “Kanban in Action.” Just 42 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership and Collaboration

  • Elise Stevens interviews Alli Polin on leadership and the myths around personal growth and development. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Penelope Trunk extracts lessons on team building from working with the kids on the farm.
  • Scott Berkun concatenates five principles into a plan for solving problems – big problems.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews freelance product manager Fernando Garrido Vaz on managing virtual teams with varying cultures and times zones. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith recommends you upload your photo to the tools you use to collaborate with your globally dispersed team, to help them think of you as a person.
  • Carmine Gallo lists the public speaking tips that TED gives to its presenters.
  • Liane Davey vents: people who don’t read the pre-read material waste everyone else’s time when you have to cover it in the meeting.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of April 25 – May 1

New 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.

Must read!

  • 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] …

Enjoy!