New PM Articles for the Week of September 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Alison Krauss and Union Station performing “Gravity” on Austin City Limits. I’m writing this in the kitchen of the house I left at 17, and this song just seemed to fit the mood.

Must read!

  • Pawel Brodzinski presents the case for empathy and respect as the core competencies for successful teams.
  • Michael Lopp provides a detailed tutorial on how to recruit the best people for your team. You just have to be willing to spend up to 50% of your time on it.
  • Mike Cohn asks (and explores a complex answer to): What is a product?

Established Methods

  • Olivier Cothenet lists ten “lies” common to failing projects reporting a green status.
  • Kerry Wills makes a point about reporting project status in the context of the associated milestones.
  • Mike Griffiths notes that the output of the certification process includes more than simply a certification.
  • Laura Barnard advocates taking an hour each day to reflect, plan, manage, and make progress on improving your productivity.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers shares his weekly Food for Thought Agile content round-up.
  • Dave Prior interviews Lyssa Adkins on the role of Agilists as agents of social revolution. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
  • Johanna Rothman describes three ways to size defect fixes.
  • Alex DiPasquale explains how the definition of done is the right place document compliance with the corporate software development life cycle.

Applied Leadership

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Bruce Harpham, who describes ways to make virtual work more productive. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lisette Sutherland tells us how to “take the temperature” of our virtual team. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy and Lynette Van Steinburg help us self-diagnose: am I the weakest link in my virtual team?
  • Ravindra Wankar shares some techniques for brainstorming with a remote team.
  • Art Petty points out a “pure” leadership model, practiced by those who lead in dangerous situations: first responders and warriors.
  • Suzanne Lucas explains why Millenials struggle as managers (because they’re young) and how they might become the best managers ever.

Technology and Techniques

  • Jon Pilkington explains the use case for combining self-service with self-service data preparation.
  • Adam Shostack contemplates the use of diagrams in software analysis for threat modeling.
  • Ryan Hewitt describes the “How Might We” technique for group brainstorming.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on the Perceptual Positions technique for understanding other points of view, as originated by John Grinder and Judith DeLozier.

Working and the Workplace

  • The Clever PM describes a strategy for how to spend your first 90 days as a product manager (or in any other role).
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews The Lazy Project Manager, Peter Taylor, for her “This Is How I Work” series.
  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on meeting management techniques.
  • Brendan Toner follows up his review of Todoist for Windows with a review of the $29 / year Android version.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 29 – September 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 29 – September 4. And this week’s video: Jennifer Witt explains the risk register and how it is used. Just 4 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Craig Kilford, owner of the new project management training review website CourseConductor. “Think of Course Conductor as TripAdvisorfor project management training industry.”
  • Derek Huether adds his thoughts to an old post by Zbyněk Dráb on why discipline is far more productive than motivation. Definitely read the original; it’s a classic!
  • Steven Levy shares an anecdote from the early days of Windows 3.0 in order to demonstrate the difference in perception between failure and progress. And then closes with an old video by Concrete Blonde.

Established Methods

  • Karthik Subburaman provides a detailed guide to business process metrics, from what to measure to best practices in implementation.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on how to create a work breakdown structure from a mind map.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through three examples of realistic project risks and how to manage them.
  • Harry Hall describes key risk indicators and explains how to use them to avoid risk events.
  • William Davis demonstrates an elegant way to use Excel’s binomial functions to estimate a risk reserve from your risk register.
  • John Goodpasture strategizes for the Risk Management Office that has to deal with (or report to) an autocrat.
  • Jeff Collins lists the steps to establishing “risk intelligence” in your organization. Think of it as a special case of business intelligence.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posted his roundup of Agile articles and blog posts.
  • Sujatha Tokala describes the activities and value of a one-week Sprint Zero.
  • The Clever PM extols the virtues of clarity: clarity of purpose and clarity of communication.
  • Tom McFarlin contemplates the pressures of meeting software development deadlines: the big pressure variable is quality.
  • Doug Thorpe reminds us that perfectionism is unattainable, and the relentless pursuit of perfection leads to burnout, not achievement.

Applied Leadership

  • Coert Visser encapsulates what researchers have found about when performance, behavioral, and learning goals are most effective.
  • Art Petty reflects on the value of experience in a business world where everything is changing. Maybe it’s not about doing the old things in the old way.
  • Kathleen O’Connor summarizes key points from “The Courage Solution,” by Mindy Mackenzie, based on a conversation with the author.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes that employees don’t care about leveraging the shared knowledge expressed in some collaboration tool as a corporate asset; they just want to get work done.
  • Adriana Girdler recommends we create a personal vision statement, and offers her own as an example.

Working and the Workplace

  • Gina Abudi explains four ways to advance your professional development.
  • Jennifer Zaino reviews statistics that show a startling decline in the number of women entering engineering and computer science.
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews Lindsay Scott on how she manages her daily routine, from schedule to devices to apps.
  • Ryan Ogilvie examines a potential career path for those working on the IT Service Desk, who don’t have technical aspirations.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Bjoern Zinnsmeister on staffing the startup – how to hire remote rock stars, track WIP, that sort of thing. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 22 – 28. And this week’s video: the late designer Bill Moggridge explains interaction design, one of the concepts used to design application software for the first laptop computer, the GRiD Compass. John Ellenby, who founded GRiD Systems in 1979, passed away this week. I was proud to work in GRiD’s federal systems division back in the 1980’s.

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Ellen Maynes, 2016 Global Peace Fellow and project management educator. Attention, Dos Equis: Ellen is The Most Interesting Woman in the World.
  • Mike Cohn explains story points as an estimating tool, taking into account the amount of work to do, complexity, and uncertainty or risk. An excellent, thorough explanation!
  • John Goodpasture shows how game theory can be applied to external threats. Remember: your SWOT analysis is just the beginning.

Established Methods

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Lindsay Scott on the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report 2016. An interesting analysis by the recruiters – just 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Deanne Earle reflects on the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report 2016. Why can’t organizations find the talent that they need?
  • Bertrand Duperrin describes the pros and cons of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – end-to-end digitization and integration of partners into the value chain.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy recommends five project management blogs that you should follow (including this one).
  • Amber Lee Dennis presents a primer on Data Lakes.
  • Shuba Kathikeyan shares two excellent infographics: the impact of poor software quality in business and a set of data center industry statistics and projections.
  • Pramod Jaiswal presents an infographic on developing a practical IT disaster recovery plan.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Food for Thought list of recommended Agile posts, articles, and so on.
  • Mike Griffiths describes some of the ways you can incorporate risk management into Agile methods.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Agile coach Don Gray in a wide-ranging conversation that covers Agile transformation, models, and sources of insights. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bart Gerardi debunks the notion that Agile is a way to eliminate a layer of management.
  • Belle B. Cooper explains the idea behind a personal hackathon, and uses Brian Nelson’s recent experience as source material.
  • Sam Sinha shares his tips for grooming the backlog.

Applied Leadership

  • Coert Visser recaps research into when positive feedback is more motivational, and when negative feedback moves us more.
  • Michael Lopp has just published the third edition of Managing Humans, in paperback and Kindle editions.
  • Bruce Harpham shares recommendations on twelve books for your reading table (or Kindle).
  • Peter Landau recommends another sixteen leadership and management books. Fortunately, there’s still nothing good on TV.

Working and the Workplace

  • Garland Coulson wants us to plan our day to accommodate those “low energy” periods, by scheduling the right tasks.
  • Harry Hall also recommends that we need to manage our energy, not just our time.
  • Brendan Toner reviews the best new Getting Things Done features of Zendone 2.0. Did you know they now have both iOS and Android apps?
  • Suzanne Lucas tells how five well-known companies help their employees work from home.
  • Lisette Sutherland answers an interesting question: how does a virtual team celebrate together? Just 7 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!