New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 17 – 23. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Ezra Klein analyzes last Sunday’s New York Times’ expose of the demands of white-collar life at Amazon, and finds the evidence less than compelling.
- Suzanne Lucas counters the New York Times Amazon profile with her observation that many people are looking for exactly that sort of demanding, big-league career.
- Sarah Greene Carmichael reviews the research: those long hours are counterproductive for both the employee and the company.
- Glen Alleman on anecdotes and statistics: “An anecdote is a statistic with a sample size of one.”
- Elizabeth Harrin describes “Advances in Project Management,” as edited by Darren Dalcher. Sort of a PM Reader’s Digest …
- Kailash Awati summarizes Russell Ackoff’s type classification of managerial attitudes toward planning. And it’s not necessarily about dysfunction.
- Coert Vissar reviews Richard Nisbett’s, “Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking.”
- Seth Godin notes that the first step in addressing a complex problem is agreeing on the definition of the problem and how it impacts us.
- Robert T. reflects on the science supporting the value of intuitive decision-making.
- Bruce Harpham collates eight habits of highly effective communicators.
- Art Petty helps us overcome our fear of sharing feedback.
- Harry Hall reviews the core principles and terminology of scope management.
- Alex Lu-Pon profiles Adam Wright, who manages the construction of personal submarines, one boat at a time.
- Mike Griffiths looks into a problem with Agile methods: resistance to innovation and change, among some of the thought leaders!
- Johanna Rothman follows up on her recent post, explaining how to use continuous planning.
- Len Lagestee lists seven characteristics that sum up what an increasingly Agile organization should “feel like.”
- Derek Huether has identified an amusing divergence: the Big Design Up Front of Agile2015 seems less valuable than informal gatherings, e.g. Emergent Design.
Work Isn’t a Place You Go But Something You Do
- Thomas Carney gets the skinny on working remotely, from eleven project management thought leaders.
- Patrick Gray shares some tips for the traveling IT worker, also known as the migrant computer worker, road hog, and so on …
- A.W. also known as Gulliver the business traveler, trots out the unhealthy consequences of a life spent on the road. Now you tell me …
- Tom Barnett looks at what should drive our decision to move on to the next opportunity.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Errette Dunn on his journeys to become the Lean influence at Wrike. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner continues his recent interview of Susanne Madsen, with a deeper dive into coaching techniques. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
- Elise Stevens interviews Dan Galorath on the fine art of estimating. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 10 – 16. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Glen Alleman demonstrates how to estimate with minimal information, based on the question, “How many piano tuners are there in Chicago?”
- Art Petty shares his thoughts on the courage needed to transform a business, whether it’s to avoid pending obsolescence or to take advantage of opportunities.
- Bruce Harpham helps us develop our business acumen with some specific recommendations.
PM Best Practices
- Suzanne Lucas lists the elements of being a manager that your employees will want to follow.
- Elizabeth Harrin identifies seven reasons team members don’t take responsibility, and what you can do about it.
- Margaret Meloni shares a letter from the project team to the PM, explaining their expectations. This is a companion to an earlier letter, from the PM to the team.
- Thomas Carney reviews the issues, considerations, and challenges encountered by teams that work remotely.
- Harry Hall provides a requirements management preparedness questionnaire.
- Deanne Earle articulates the benefits of assessing a project in progress, to determine whether it should be continued or canceled.
- Ryan Ogilvie gives us his insights on how to “do” incident management.
- Matthew Squair has extensively re-written his 2009 post on epistemic, ontological, and aleatory risk. The best explanation of the continuum of uncertainty I’ve ever read.
- Patrick Mayfield, who comes from a Prince2 background, explains why Agile methods work better for today’s projects.
- John Goodpasture gives us a brief update on the U.S. federal government’s efforts to embrace Agile methods.
- Johanna Rothman tells a tale of two project teams, to illustrate the difference between adopting Agile rituals and exhibiting Agile behavior.
- Mike Cohn alerts us to some new premium features on PlanningPoker.com.
- Suman Bhownick explains the business logic behind the Agile principle of maximizing the amount of work not done.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews executive coach David Allen, author of “Getting Things Done,” now in the second edition. Just 44 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Susanne Madsen on applying organizational change management techniques in our projects. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
- Elise Stevens interviews Chris Halloran on the fine art of estimating. “The most dangerous place to plan a project is from behind a computer screen.” Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
Outside the Lines
- Jonathan Vanian points out the Big Data linchpin that the forthcoming Hewlett Packard Enterprise will hinge on.
- Adam Shostack has started building a model of web browser security, which should probably be constructed from Antagonistic Legos.
- Steven Levy recommends a product I hadn’t thought of: a charge-only USB cable for those public phone-charging stations. Malware at the airport? Whodathunkit?
- Michael Smith describes his initial (positive) impressions of Workflowy, which he describes as half to-do list, half planning software.
- Larry Alton reports on the growing number of small start-ups focused on natural language applications for AI. Someday, this weekly list will be curated by an app, and it won’t make any money, either.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 3 – 9. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, explains the alternatives businesses will face when implementing the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules.
- Chris Wilder notes that information, intelligence, and the internet of things is driving fundamental changes to the supply chain.
- Lynda Bourne builds on two earlier articles on stakeholder engagement, with a focus on tools and techniques.
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman debunks a few pronouncements on the differences between Agile and Waterfall.
- David Cotgreave on getting the right PM assigned to the project: “Outsourcing PMO is a very effective filter against the risk of poor cultural alignment!”
- Cynthia Zieman notes that the key to standardizing contract management is flexibility.
- Susanne Madsen defines the four components of building trust
- John Goodpasture shares some insights on negotiating.
- Soma Bhattacharya interviews Mark Woeppel, author of “Visual Project Management,” on his model for visual PM, called Viewpoint.
- Harry Hall lists seven techniques that, taken together, will dramatically improve the quality and reliability of project cost and schedule estimates.
- Kiron Bondale considers the alternatives to crashing a project schedule.
- Allen Ruddock identifies common problems with meetings and the ways to prevent them.
- Michael Wood explains how to become as business-savvy as your management and customers expect you to be.
- Johanna Rothman clarifies the differences between product manager and product owner, and why the team’s manager should not also be the product owner.
- Mike Cohn gets to the flimsy basis for the claim that 64% of software features are rarely or never used.
- Henny Portman reviews David Scott Bernstein’s new book, “Beyond Legacy Code.” Not just for coders – this sounds interesting for everyone associated with software projects.
- Bart Gerardi describes the virtuous cycle of action that is Agile.
- Brian de Haaff starts a list of things developers should stop saying. Especially #11.
- Mike Griffiths gives us two-sentence overviews of how the DSDM, SAFe, DAD, and LeSS frameworks address strategic alignment.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews communications diva Jenn Swanson on applying communication skills to a new job (or project). Just 55 minutes, safe for work.
- Elizabeth Harrin lists a few tips for making virtual meetings work. Less than four minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior interviews Gil Broza at Agile 2015, on why so many organizations are disappointed with their Agile implementations. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
Working with People
- Seth Godin notes the prevalence of superstition at work, where stuff is just so complicated.
- Peter Tarhanidis says that the key to training project managers is to move away from pedagogy, toward adult learning.
- Bruce Harpham interviews Donald Asher on his new book, “Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn’t, and Why.”