New PM Articles for the Week of November 10 – 16

Balloon Over the WallNew project management articles published on the web during the week of November 10 – 16. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Kevin Kern traces the trajectory of re-planning from reactive to proactive to predictive.
  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes a presentation by Mark Englehardt at PMI Hungary’s Art of Projects Conference, “Project Risk Management Doesn’t Have to be Difficult.”
  • Steven Levy outlines the elements of the project charter.
  • Roxi Bahar Hewertson considers how four types of mastery contribute to leadership success.
  • Rich Maltzman demonstrates the impact of context in our communications, with a graphic that lets us deceive ourselves.
  • Bruce Harpham presents the PMBOK view of managing conflict, as a follow-up to last week’s post on sources of project management conflict.
  • Bruce Benson explores conscious uncoupling, as members of a struggling organization fight to preserve the size of their piece of the pie.
  • Michael Girdler links morale problems and lowered and productivity as result of organizational change to the project communications plan.
  • Lynda Bourne contrasts the functions of management with the functions of governance.
  • Allen Ruddock looks at the “overs and unders” that contribute to failed projects.
  • Kerry Wills argues for picking team members who may not be perfect in any one role, but can play multiple roles.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn illustrates the incremental and iterative nature of Agile development, with a sculpture metaphor.
  • Mike Griffiths says that the key to scaling Agile is not adding process, but facilitating the work of teams.
  • Terry Bunio points out the plain truth that “minimum viable product” is not always an appropriate approach.
  • Michiko Diby takes issue with the term “Scrum Master.”
  • Neil Killick: “We teams can make a huge difference to removing the typical dysfunctions around software estimates, simply by asking the right questions.”
  • Madhavi Ledalla champions automation and virtualization, as drivers of improved quality, reduced build time, and more predictability.
  • Milton Dillard explains what Agile acquisition support is, in the context of how the U.S. federal government lets contracts.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dave Cornelius on the project manager role in Lean and Agile approaches. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mark Phillipy shares a presentation on improving task estimation using three-point estimates and critical chain. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Paul Ritchie posts his very first Crossderry Blog podcast, explaining why the Apple Watch won’t compete with the Swiss watch industry. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pouri

  • Suzanne Lucas offers her list of ten simple things to do (and stop doing) in order to boost your career.
  • Coert Visser explains why you should interrupt.
  • Ron Friedman says you’re probably not getting enough sleep; explains how it’s impacting the quality of your work; and then tells you what to do about it.
  • Nick Pisano weighs in on Net Neutrality, the economics of controlling access to information, and the demands of the powerful interests who want that control.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 3 – 9

Balloon Over the MoonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of November 3 – 9. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Gary Nelson presents an interesting case study in cost-benefit analysis.
  • John Goodpasture offers low-cost definitions for a couple of ten-dollar words used by risk management thinkers – epistemic and aleatoric.
  • Matthew Squair offers an intriguing (if slightly nerdy, even for me) example of trading one risk for another.
  • Mike Clayton notes that power is fragmented across most organizations; thus, the need to influence.
  • Bruce Harpham exposes ten sources of project conflict, and a few statistics that put workplace conflict in perspective.
  • Andy Jordan reports from the PMI Global Congress in Phoenix. It sounds like we should plan to go to the one in Orlando, next October.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn concludes his series on velocity-driven versus commitment-driven sprint planning, by explaining his preference.
  • Pawel Brodzinski explains the Kanban approach to portfolio management. “WIP limits … underscore available capabilities as a scarce resource.”
  • Chuck Snead makes the case for creating a project charter as part of Sprint Zero and walks us through the process.
  • Shawn Dickerson advocates for the marriage of Agile methods with a Waterfall approach.
  • Satyajit Sarangi shares some ideas for applying Lean concepts to your practice of Scrum.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dave Cornelius on his new program, teaching high school students Agile methods as life skills. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.

 Book Reviews

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Thomas P. Wise’s new book, “Trust in Virtual Teams,” a guide to explaining and building trust … well, you get the idea.
  • Henny Portman reviews Rod Snowden’s book, “MSP Survival Guide for Business Change Managers,” where MSP = “Managing Successful Programmes.”
  • Michel Dion summarizes Susanne Madsen’s upcoming book, “The Power of Project Leadership.”
  • Toby Elwin reviews Warren Berger’s new book, “A more Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthough Ideas.”
  • Glen Alleman shares a list of books on estimating software projects.

Trends

  • Peter Saddington casts a dubious eye on “Recruiting 3.0” as described by Ron Thomas. The quality of user-generated content does not predict job performance.
  • Teena Hammond shares the results of a survey of IT decision makers, in an attempt to predict which of the emerging trends will actually matter.
  • Joe Panettieri reports on the relatively disappointing ROI of Big Data projects. Well, it took heavier-than-air flight a while to become commercially viable …
  • Jelani Harper explains the concept of “Data Lakes,” and why it might be a good fit for organizations with a disciplined approach to data governance.

Professional Development

  • Coert Visser reinforces the idea that coaching is not about the coach, and you don’t have to understand the subject matter in order to be an effective facilitator.
  • Suzanne Lucas summarizes results of a survey by recruiting software house iCIMS that confirms recruiters and hiring managers are not communicating very well.
  • Cheri Baker observes that, as small companies succeed and grow, many of the long-term employees grieve for their old culture.
  • Alina Vrabie suggests some strategies for the introverted leader.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 27 – November 2

Just OverheadNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 27 – November 2. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • The second edition of Women Testers Magazine is now available. Not just for women or testers – this is some truly excellent content. Highly recommended!
  • John Goodpasture considers two views of “architecture.”
  • A Business Cloud News survey found that IT isn’t really driving SaaS adoption, and cloud-based applications are still providing data security challenges.
  • Andy Jordan concludes his long series on organizational risk management.
  • Johanna Rothman lays out an approach for tactical management.
  • Bruce Benson makes the case for getting into the weeds – researching the history, understanding past performance, and scheduling based on demonstrated capabilities.
  • Rebecca Mayville uses the butterfly as a metaphor for driving positive change.
  • Michelle Stronach recounts a sad story of how she took over a project in progress, from a well-liked, competent project manager who passed away.

Agile Methods

  • Kailash Awati describes how to apply the principles of emergent design to enterprise IT.
  • Glen Alleman shares his article, “Agile Program Management,” published in Cutter Journal. A long but excellent read.
  • Mike Cohn continues his series on sprint planning with the commitment-driven approach.
  • David Anderson notes that, as soon as organizations get used to time-boxing, they shrink the size of the boxes. Kanban (naturally) avoids this trap!
  • Don Kim believes that the Scrum team will only succeed if the Product Owner truly understands what is needed and can communicate it effectively.
  • Ravi Nihesh Srivastava proposes using Scrum to produce a high-quality technical proposal.

Leadership

  • Bob Tarne summarizes keys points from a recent presentation by Tom Peters.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Oana Krogh-Nielsen, Head of the PMO for the National Electrification Program for the Danish rail system, Banedanmark.
  • Bruce Harpham interviews Terry Schmidt, whose resume begins with his internship at NASA during the Apollo Moon landing program, on strategic project management.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Joseph Flahiff at the PMI Global Congress, on his new book, “Being Agile in a Waterfall World.” Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior rounds up with fellow Agilistocrats Richard Cheng and Dhaval Panchal to discuss Agile misconceptions they see in training classes. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Margaret Meloni shares an article by Roxi Hewertson, “Lead Like it Matters.” Just 3 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig, Tony, and Renee interview Em Campbell-Pretty on the Scaled Agile Framework. Just 35 minutes, SAFe for work. Oh, stop rolling your eyes …

Pot Pouri

  • Linky van der Merwe tells us about the African Storybook Project, which aims to translate children’s stories into African languages and publish them on the internet.
  • Pat Weaver celebrates the 30th anniversary of the PMP examination with a brief history of PMI, the PMBOK, and the PMP credential.
  • Ralf Finchett shows the Project De-Motivational posters he’s been working on, and asks if we have any ideas. Wait until I take my medication, Ralf …
  • Kerry Wills finds the humor in Reply to All when “All” is the entire company.

Enjoy!