New PM Articles for the Week of October 20 – 26

Balloon LandingNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 20 – 26. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Samad Aidane notes that the project kickoff is not the place to “sell” the project to the stakeholders – that should have already been done.
  • Peter Saddington shares a video on how our assumptions and biases prevent us from being objective. Just four minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin has some advice for project managers asked to manage an internal project with little or no spending authority.
  • Jerry Manas investigates the resource management and capacity planning choices we make when responding to increasing demand.
  • Glen Alleman points out the logical fallacies in anecdotal evidence, and applies Carl Sagan’s bullshit detector.
  • Gary Nelson returns from a wilderness first aid course with the observation that medical emergencies have many of the same attributes as projects.
  • John Goodpasture reminds us that exposure to risk is cumulative: “The risk that at least one thing will fail is way more than the risk that any one thing will fail.”
  • Kevin Coleman lays out the potential impact of a security breach, and the aftermath.
  • Janani Dumbleton tells how to kick off a data governance initiative.
  • Sean Williams begins a series on improving federal acquisition decisions through comprehensive financial analysis.
  • Nick Pisano continues his criticism of how organizations misuse Excel as an analytical “filler” between specialized applications.
  • Allen Ruddock sings the praises of Sharepoint as a project management tool.
  • Kerry Wills zooms in on three “course corrections” that can keep a project on track.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn begins a series on two approaches to sprint planning: velocity-driven and commitment-driven.
  • Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan conclude their series extracted from their new testbook, “Introduction to Agile Methods.”
  • Sandeep Lad fleshes out the definition of “servant leader.”

Leadership

  • Paul Ritchie shares some insights into how the best influencers convince the CEO.
  • Martin Webster shares an infographic that ties together employee engagement, stress, and leadership.
  • Shoaib Ahmed invokes Frederick Herzberg, who linked employee dissatisfaction to “hygiene factors” and employee satisfaction to achievement.
  • Johanna Rothman recounts an anecdote that illustrates the potential blowback from executive-dictated culture change.
  • Pam Stanton recalls an instance where a visionary leader ran into problems by not focusing on execution.
  • Coert Visser gives us the executive summary of “Rethinking Positive Thinking,” by Gabriele Oettingen.

Professional Development

  • Bruce Harpham explores networking, in three dimensions.
  • Don Kim eyes with skepticism a claim that PMI-ACP credentialed project managers are the highest paid – especially coming from a training provider.
  • Geoff Crane shares the slide deck from his keynote on emotional intelligence, “Why Smart People Fail,” presented at the PMI Durham Highlands monthly meeting.

Enjoy!

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!