New PM Articles for the Week of August 11 – 17

Balloon Above the TreesNew project management articles published on the web during the week of August 11 – 17. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Pawel Brodzinski expands on Jerry Weinberg’s definition, as “a process of creating an environment where people become empowered.”
  • Mike Griffiths considers the limitations of graphical depictions of data, when the information we should be consuming doesn’t graph so well.
  • Ammar Mango plots alternative routes through conflict.
  • Bryan Barrow explains his alternative to Post-It Notes for facilitating a project planning exercise.
  • Michael Girdler extols the virtues of a good scope statement.
  • Roberto Toledo lists his guidelines for fostering innovation.
  • Bruce Harpham begins a series on regulatory project management.
  • Dovilė Misevičiūtė notes that most attempts to institute time tracking fail within the first few months, usually for the same reasons.
  • Rachel Burger spoils “Guardians of the Galaxy,” pointing out the project management lessons. You could have at least waited until the DVD came out …

Agile Methods

  • Kevin Aguanno compares use cases and user stories, and how each can be the right tool for the job.
  • Bart Gerardi explores Bill Wake’s acronym, INVEST, on how to improve the quality of user stories.
  • Mike Cohn reflects on the balance of specialists and generalists in that most Agile team, the sandwich shop.
  • John Goodpasture explores the need for a release sign-off when applying Agile methods. Because it’s not just about software developers.
  • Chuck Morton continues his series of comments on Peter Morris’ article in the October PM Journal. This episode: Agile is not a project management discipline.

Following the Trends

  • Albert Barron explains [whatever] as a service, using pizza. Yes, even your grandmother will understand this one. Admirable, Albert!
  • Marco Visibelli shares recent lessons learned that tell us how companies make (and lose) money on Big Data projects.
  • Rich Maltzman interviews Kim Marotta on how MillerCoors is applying a sustainability strategy to improve performance.
  • Matthew Kosinski interviews Workday’s Liz Dietz on their upcoming Higher Education product.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Rich Maltzman of EarthPM on applying sustainability practices to project management and the PMBOK. Just 49 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Thomas Juli about integrating personal happiness and focus with project success. Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
  • Glen Alleman links us to seven podcasts from Mary Ann Lapham and Suzanne Miller of the Software Engineering Institute on the principles of Agile development.

New Books

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Project Management Workflow: A Business Process Approach,” by Dan Epstein and Rich Maltzman.
  • Henny Portman reviews Alan Ferguson’s new book, “Integrating Prince2.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 16 – 22

Young man with basket of fruitNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 16 – 22. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:

Estimating

  • Glen Alleman uses Darrell Huff’s 1954 book, “How to Lie with Statistics,” to skewer the Standish Report and the #NoEstimates movement (again).
  • John Goodpasture pulls a quote from John Mandel’s “The Statistical Analysis of Experimental Data” to illustrate the dangers of inductive reasoning.
  • Bertrand Duperrin reviews a new book by James Sesil thattells how better analysis is improving the quality of HR decisions.
  • Nick Pisano notes the need for better integration between project schedule and project budget.

PM Best Practices

  • Frank Gorman shares a fable and an anecdote to illustrate the application of ethics in project management.
  • Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley tell of their contribution to the EcoCar2 competition. Very cool!
  • Michael Lopp points out that keeping yourself perpetually busy may actually be an endorphin addiction.
  • Martin Webster pauses in his series on leadership models to reflect on what actually matters.
  • Alina Vrabie mines research by Gloria Mark for ways we can minimize self-interruptions; not all of those task switches are prompted by others!
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares an infographic listing five project lessons for 2014.
  • Terry Bunio tells of his struggles to replace a bathroom vanity and sink, and finds it looks suspiciously like his day job: managing software development.
  • Chuck Morton looks at what we mean when we say a PM is in charge of the project, from beginning to end.
  • Todd Boehm illustrates a methodical approach to a difficult choice: the right ERP.
  • Ron Rosenhead leverages a flight delay to address poor project communications.
  • Kailash Awati interviews his long-time collaborator Paul Culmsee on sense-making and the value of the oblique (as opposed to direct) question.
  • Vicki Wrona gives us the lowdown on a decision-making approach called OODA – Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman on geographically distributed Agile teams: “Don’t do standups. Do handoffs.”
  • Saravana Bharathi diagnoses problems in the Daily Scrum.
  • Mike Cohn shares a few innovative ways to clean up the product backlog.
  • Greg Pfister, VP for Agile Practices at federal government contractor Agilex, explains how they embraced CMMI in order to be more Agile.

Professional Development

  • Mike Donoghue uses some analytical data from LinkedIn to identify words that appear in far too many resumes. Time for some synonyms!
  • John Carroll relates the Taoist virtues of compassion, frugality, and humility.
  • Mike Griffiths urges us to act on that desire to qualify for a new professional credential.
  • Chris Moody just completed his Certified Scrum Master exam, and he has an Agile Manifesto take on the value of certifications.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 19– 25

NewspapersNew project management articles published on the web during the week of May 19 – 25. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:

Portfolio Management

  • Patti Gilchrist explains what executive leadership can do to ensure the success of their PMO.
  • Ira Lehrman suggests replacing the PMO with a Project Delivery Office, which partners with IT and the business stakeholders.
  • Andy Jordan makes the case for a Chief Project Officer.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her monthly round-up of project management news.
  • Francine Hardaway notes some great (project) management lessons from HBO’s screamingly funny series, “Silicon Valley.”
  • Kevin Korterud points out the similarities between race cars and successful projects.
  • Timothy Seppala interviews TED founder Richard Saul Wurman, who outlines his criticisms of Big Data, and his vision for data comprehension.
  • Duncan Haughey explains how to improve your coaching by following the GROW model.
  • John Goodpasture has some alternatives to percent complete that are more focused on inputs and outputs.
  • Kerry Wills checks the math, and finds that two resources allocated at 50% do not equal one FTE.
  • Jordan Melson tells us how to know if the goals of our project are realistic.
  • Cheri Baker offers some techniques for making your presentations and training more accessible to those with visual disabilities.

Agile Methods

  • Terry Bunio levels a blast at the extremists in the Agile community, who respond to legitimate customer and management requests with drama and whining.
  • Mike Cohn points out that the more detailed and precise an estimate, the more time it takes to produce it, and management needs to be willing to absorb that cost.
  • Len Lagestree asks a simple question: where should Scum Masters report?
  • Gurpreet Singh defines what he calls the “golden triangle” of Scrum, as opposed to the iron triangle of old-style project management.

Professional Development

  • Nick Pisano considers a question raised anonymously a few weeks ago over at PM Hut – should PMI still be considered an authority on project management?
  • John Reiling notes that the needed balance between hard skills and soft skills evolves over a career.
  • Suzanne Lucas lists four interview questions will help you learn a lot about your prospective new employer’s culture.
  • Peter Saddington shares an interesting poster on reading body language.
  • Alina Vrabie gives us an overview of cognitive stamina – what it is, and how to get the most out of ours.
  • Vicki Vrona says a daily checklist is a productive professional development habit.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Samad Aidane interviews Vivek Wadhwa on innovation in emerging and fast-growth countries, global corporations, cultural differences, and Silicon Valley. Just 13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith and Renee Troughton interview Joel Pobar on how they manage product release at Facebook. Just 41 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tom McFarlin links us to a great interview with Robert Herjavec, and adds his comments and insights. Just six minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!