New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 13 – 19. Pull up a chair and let’s talk. Our theme this week is applied leadership. Recommended:
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jeff Furman on the second edition of “The Project Management Answer Book.” Just 35 minutes, safe for work, and well worth your time.
Paul Ritchie presents evidence that hiring managers are putting more emphasis on leadership, strategy, and business skills when hiring PM’s.
Steven Levy recounts the story of a tour boat operator who had to intervene when one of his guests decided to swim with the alligators. Are you this cool when the unexpected happens? PM Best Practices
Carol Dekker outlines the key steps to a better software development performance measurement program.
Michel Dion expounds on monitoring, measuring, and reporting as the core of project governance.
Glen Alleman adds more diagrams to his ongoing explanation of the role of estimating in economic analysis.
Marco Behler takes a practical approach to improving the accuracy software development estimates.
Harry Hall assembled thirty(!) risk evaluation principles while preparing to teach a course on PMI’s Practice Standard for Project Risk Management.
John Goodpasture summarizes Tim van Gelder’s description of the elements of critical thinking.
Dave Wakeman covers three keys to achieving organizational alignment for your project.
Braden Kelly continues his series on applying the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology to drive innovation.
Ryan Ogilvie reports from the Calgary Stampede, where not everyone was stampeding toward ITIL. Yes, the conversation was over beer …
Kerry Wills follow up on his eight fundamental guiding principles for managing programs with an analysis of what happens when one is missing.
Allen Ruddock argues that communications is a key PMO responsibility.
Gina Abudi notes that key roles should be defined and people assigned to them, throughout the project.
Bruce Harpham continues his series on finding a summer project at work.
Joe Caprara thinks it’s a good thing to earn the PMP credential. Just don’t make it the basis for any of your claims. Agile Methods
Michael Dubakov proposes the Minimum Action Energy Principle in user interface design. Yes, physics matters even to software engineers.
Johanna Rothman describes the responsibilities commonly assigned to three common roles: product manager, product owner, and business analyst.
Kyle Viele experiments with the Candle Problem, as described by Dan Pink, to demonstrate that diverse teams get better results than homogeneous teams.
Henny Portman reviews “The Lean Startup,” by Eric Ries. Did you know that this book influenced the development of the PRINCE2 Agile Framework? Pot Pouri
Elizabeth Harrin lists 15 ways to celebrate success with your team.
Mike Cohn encourages us to take a moment to celebrate with our team, even if it’s just by exchanging paper plates.
Adam Shostok takes umbrage with the “word nerds.”
Seth Godin: “An amateur memorizes. A professional looks for metaphors.”
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 6 – 12. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Our theme this week is taking a skeptical look at extraordinary claims. Recommended:
Kailash Awati takes a critical look at knowledge work and the flimsy basis for claims of expertise.
John Goodpasture summarizes a few revolutionary ideas for the 21 st century technocrat organization, despite his misgivings.
Bruce Benson compares the fault in his GPS that said he ran a four-minute mile with the claims made by methodology advocates. PM Best Practices
Harry Hall reviews some strategies for dealing with the process by which sub-par resources get assigned to our projects.
Jim Anderson gives us some pointers on how to take control of a negotiation.
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Mark Woeppel on his new book, Visual Project Management.
Glen Alleman outlines the three major strategic themes underlying most IT projects.
Allen Ruddock suggests that the PMO can have an important role in maintaining stakeholder engagement.
Dan Patterson advocates for risk analysis as part of the process of green lighting a new project.
Bruce Harpham bullet points the characteristics of a good summer project. The kind you choose for yourself, of course!
Margaret Meloni composes an open letter to project team members.
Toby Elwin drives home the need to understand the action objective before communicating.
Ryan Ogilvie lists a few specious claims to avoid when pitching change. My favorite: “No testing is really needed.” Yup, that’s why we have production …
Braden Kelly starts a series on using Six Sigma / DMAIC to drive innovation. Agile Methods
Johanna Rothman has gathered some insights for program-level product owners, and shares three of them with us.
Henrico Dolfing shares his lessons learned from using Scrum on an actuarial modeling project.
Nada Aldahleh has some suggestions for improving Scrum. Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews author, podcaster, and strategic business coach Gene Hammett on leaving the corporate world and learning from failure. Just 55 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews project management coach and mentor Jeff Furman on his approach. Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
William McKnight presents his TED talk on information as the next natural resource. Well, maybe not natural, but definitely a resource. Just 15 minutes, safe for work. Outside the Lines
Peter Saddington shares a two minute video, ”Did I Get the Job?” Funny, not safe for work, but there’s nothing good on TV, so why not?
Seth Godin relates an interesting technique for getting an audience involved.
Vivek Prakash describes what he claims is, “The only technique that resolves conflicts.”
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New 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:
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.
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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 …
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