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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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. Established Methods
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. Agile Methods
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.” Applied Leadership
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.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 26 – November 1. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. And don’t forget: Thursday, November 5, is International Project Management Day.
Elizabeth Harrin summarizes the changes to the PMP exam, coming in January 2016. The changes reflect the findings of the most recent role delineation survey.
Peter Landau summarizes current trends in the online project management community, from International Project Management Day (November 5) to project leadership. The October 2015 edition of
Women Testers is now available, with articles on everything from mind mapping to stress and work, to the conclusion in their series about testing in the cloud. If you haven’t discovered this great online magazine, it’s time to catch up! Established Methods
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Simona Fallavolita, who manages the PMP certification program, on the changes coming in January. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
Pat Weaver tutors us on the differences between Critical Path Method (CPM) and Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT).
Yasser Mahmud describes a methodology for assessing the maturity level of your PMO, and determining where to make improvements.
Mario Trentim has compiled a different sort of FAQ: Frequently Avoided Questions about PMO’s.
Harry Hall shows us how to complete a stakeholder register. Just four minutes, safe for work.
Ryan Ogilvie tells how to collect feedback, from deciding what you’ll do with it to closing the loop with the people who participated.
Linky van der Merwe takes the pulse of the Accidental Project Manager. Yup, still living…
Kenneth Darter examines the transition to production, or as he puts it,” The art of letting go.” Agile Methods
Pawel Brodzinski suggests a Kanban alternative to limiting work in progress: find the next task by working from right to left, backward from “done.”
Jared Smith shares a web site designer’s point of view on budgeting and estimating.
Mike Cohn on doing without a design phase: “Designers need to think holistically but work incrementally.”
Tom McFarlin contemplates the social nature of a software development team.
Thomas Carney shares a nice history of Scrum, plus links to other articles, resources and reference material. Highly recommended! Applied Leadership
Liane Davey reflects on the delicate balance between “confident, capable, and solution-oriented” and being approachable.
Sarah Hood explains why saying “no” can be good for your career. And it’s not just about opportunity cost.
Art Petty continues his “Next Act” series for us older folks, with an interesting charge: focus on your superpower, meaning what you do best.
Melanie Pinola lists ten “soft skills” and provide links to resources that will help you develop them.
William Guinan tell us how to manage negative emotions.
Richard Lepsinger summarizes recent research into generational differences.
Coert Vissar: “Research suggests that performance goals in education are less effective than mastery goals.”
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