New PM Articles for the Week of June 21 – 28

Sydney HarborNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 21 – 28. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Tushnar Patel pulls a few key statistics from a recent survey of project portfolio managers by Innotas.
  • Shim Marom offers a few insights from his own experience on the clash of Agile and Waterfall approaches in organizations trying to make both work.
  • Johanna Rothman examines some unrealistic expectations that managers have about what their people “should” do.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Mario Trentim’s new book, “Managing Stakeholders as Clients.”
  • Glen Alleman recommends a book by Mark Maier and Eberhardt Rechtin, “The Art of Systems Architecting.”
  • Kailash Awati invokes Joseph Heller and Gregory Bateson’s double-bind theory in examining paradoxes at work.
  • John Goodpasture repeats advice from Dorie Clark on preparing for “networking events.”
  • Aaron Smith lists some of the key findings of the fourth annual benchmarking survey of PMO’s by ESI International
  • Ryan Ogilvie considers ways in which we can improve problem management, even when we’re not the problem manager.

Agile Methods

  • Pawel Brodzinski notes the de-motivating effects of hierarchy-driven organization structures. Finding yourself at the bottom of a tall org chart is a definite downer.
  • Mike Cohn discounts the value of a complicated story hierarchy.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his gorilla-conscience, Hogarth, look at the possibility that the Pareto Principle might begin to explain resistance to Agile methods.
  • Mike Stuedeman identifies three common reasons organizations struggle with Scum and Agile.
  • Tom McFarlin shares how his approach to providing estimates for custom software development has evolved.

 

Outside the Lines

  • Bruce Benson examines the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Air Force for lessons on the difference between a noble purpose and effectiveness.
  • Wanda Curlee see opportunities for project managers in the ever-evolving Internet of Things.
  • Tony Sarris, on the other hand, finds HAL enabled by the Internet of Things. I don’t relish the prospect of having conversations with the coaster under my beer.
  • Matthew Squair finds a moment of Zen in the news that hospital drug pumps can be hacked. Hannibal before the gates, indeed …

 

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 15 – 21

Three BaloonsNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 15 – 21. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Susanne Madsen suggests a few things to do during your first month on a new job or project to set yourself up for success.
  • Richard Lepsinger reviews three leadership tactics that work fine in a hierarchic bureaucracy but usually fail in a matrixed organization.
  • Naomi Caietti briefly explains the key behaviors and skillsets of three key roles: project sponsor, project manager, and business analyst.

PM Best Practices

  • Dave Wakeman has some suggestions for ensuring your project retains its strategic focus.
  • Elizabeth Harrin points out three common mistakes that project managers make, even when they know better.
  • Henny Portman reviews “The Abilene Paradox and other meditations on management,” by Jerry B. Hervey. Looks interesting.
  • Mike Clayton reviews “Transforming Business with Program Management,” by Satish Subramanian.
  • Matthew Squair reviews the history of nuclear reactor failures in explaining how the choice of a risk response can be influenced by uncertain estimates of the severity of a failure.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn hypothesizes a couple of situations where the product owner should be able to drive technical decisions.
  • Sally Elatta answers questions posed during her webinar, “Scaling Agile Metrics and Measuring What Matters.”
  • John Goodpasture addresses the need for preserving and accessing the knowledge created during the project, after it concludes.
  • Johanna Rothman has some advice for managers who want to reward individuals, rather than teams.

 Estimating

Podcasts and Videos

  • Dave Prior interviews Agile coach Derek Huether on how he uses Personal Kanban. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kim Wasson on the peope and relationships side of project management.
  • Samad Aidane interviews Wellpoint VP of Business Solutions Sarina Arcari, leader of PMI’s PMO of the Year Award winner. A little over an hour, safe for work.
  • Margaret Meloni tells a story of a project that needed a planning session, but in order to do that, needed to hit the Pause Just two minutes, safe for work.

Outside the Lines

  • Lynda Bourne summarizes the scientific research into the relationship between happiness at work, productivity, and health.
  • Bruce Harpham outlines a strategy for expanding your job, as an approach to building your career.
  • Evil HR Lady Suzanne Lucas makes the case for not working on the weekend. It’s now summertime here in the northern hemisphere – enjoy it!
  • Ron Rosenhead tells how to solicit feedback as input to your personal development plan.
  • Venkatesh Rao introduces a series on the theories and teachings of John Boyd, Air Force strategist and father of the OODA Loop.
  • Linky van der Merwe summarizes the four pillars of emotional intelligence.

 

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 25 – 31

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 25 – 31. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Rich Maltzman presents a Venn diagram, showing the overlap between project management competencies and sustainability competencies.
  • Lynda Bourne give us a history lesson on how theories of motivation have evolved since the early 20th
  • Craig Curran-Morton puts change management and benefits realization into focus as success drivers for today’s projects.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes a presentation by Joe Griffith at the recent PMI Global Congress EMEA, on how to use stories in your project communications.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews project manager, author, and blogger Michel Dion on his new book, Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham summarizes the lessons he’s applied from Atul Gawande’s book, “The Checklist Manifesto.”
  • Shawn Dickerson quotes recent surveys that detail the sorts of meeting dysfunctions commonly found in modern organizations.
  • Brad Egeland shares some recommendations for keeping your project sponsor engaged.
  • Bernadine Douglas points out a few of the ways that a project manager can lose the trust of their stakeholders.
  • Allen Ruddock has assembled a list of controls for adoption by the new PMO.
  • Susanne Madsen interviews Benoit Jolin, a project leader from Expedia, on what distinguishes an outstanding project leader.
  • Andy Jordan describes a new role for the project manager in the overall portfolio – implementing organizational strategy.
  • Harry Hall lists several practical ways to motivate your team.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman announces the early release of her not-quite-ready new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management,” at LeanPub.com. Perfection is over-rated.
  • Mike Cohn explains why perfect attendance is not required at the product refinement backlog meeting.
  • Venkatesh Krishnamurthy applies lessons from a session on raising resilient kids to building resilient Scrum teams.
  • Henny Portman reviews David J. Anderson’s book, “Kanban: Successful evolutionary change for your technology business.”
  • Bruno Silva makes the case that the tester is also a software developer.

Nerd Links

  • Peter Saddington summarizes six online resources where you can finally learn to code (or finally get around to learning Java).
  • Adam Shostack points out the absurdities in the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls, as applied to encryption software.
  • Kailash Awati examines the text mining capabilities of R, the open source statistical package, using extracts from old blog posts as a database.
  • Google announces Brillo, an operating system for the low-power devices that will make up the Internet of Things. Note to self: don’t let the new refrigerator open its own Netflix account.

 

Enjoy!