New PM Articles for the Week of August 8 – 14

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland discuss the Scrum Guide Refresh for 2016. Just 46 minutes, safe for work, and vital if you want to keep up with Agile!

Must read!

  • Carl Pritchard uses the Rio Olympics as an example of a complex project and explains the use of a tiered risk system. Excellent and timely!
  • David Koontz summarizes the Team Performance Model, by Drexler and Sibbet. Definitely a step up from the rhymes of the 50-year old Tuckman model.
  • Jordan Sims points out the project management challenges for the UK government in implementing the Brexit vote.

Established Methods

  • Glen Alleman examines the problems commonly encountered with project schedules and describes the appropriate corrective actions.
  • Jay Hicks shares some insights into PERT he got in a conversation with Rick Morris, host of the radio show The Work / Life Balance.
  • David Cotgreave describes what “good” looks like in IT project management.
  • Moira Alexander reflects on the good and bad of making decisions based on gut feelings.
  • Elizabeth Harrin details a five-step to choosing project team collaboration tools.
  • Ciara McDonnell shares an infographic with tips on how to use Outlook more effectively.
  • Lindsey Marymont describes three strategies for making your PMO a driving force for implementing business strategy.
  • Women Testers Magazine 2nd anniversary edition is now available for download.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Scrum / Agile reader’s digest for this week.
  • Dave Prior posted four interviews from Agile 2016 this week, with Michael Spayd and Michele Madore, Johanna Rothman, Woody Zuill, and Gil Broza. Something for everyone!
  • Mike Cohn warns that a definition of “ready” can set your organization on the path down a slippery slope to stage gates and other archaic management rituals.
  • Amit Kulkarni relates the experience his team had in being Agile across borders and across cultures with their Dutch client.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty describes our daily choice: to merely transact with other people, or to create an opportunity to transform.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through some situations where we should be alert to the potential for unethical behavior.
  • Anabelle Smyth points out the differences between leader behaviors and manager behaviors.
  • Michel Dion articulates the need for authentic leadership in project management.
  • Bertrand Duperrin calls bullshit on media depictions of the Millenials and their younger siblings.
  • Scott Berkun lists seven key questions to ask for any new technological idea.

Working and the Workplace

  • Alison DeNisco reports on a new survey that indicates the over-55 worker is just as comfortable with technology as their younger colleagues. So there!
  • Brendan Toner summarizes the key points of rapidly learning a new skill as described in “The First 20 Hours,” by Josh Kaufman.
  • Lisette Sutherland shares some tech tips for virtual teams, gleaned from some of her interviews and years of experience. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin points out three important truths about work and opportunity in the new economy.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 18 – 24. And this week’s video: the maiden flight of Aquila, Facebook’s solar-powered unmanned aircraft, designed to bring internet connectivity to the rest of the world. Just three minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Harry Hall describes several responses that project managers might make to respond to stakeholder conflict – not all of them good.
  • Paul Culmsee and his kids prepared a four-minute video they call “A TEDdy Talk,” explaining his new book with Kailash Awati, “The Heretic’s Guide to Management.” Safe for work.
  • PMI announced that the PMBOK Guide-Sixth Edition, with extended coverage of Agile methods, and a practice guide focused on Agile will be released during the third quarter of 2017.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin makes the argument that contributions to organizational strategic goals are a more useful project metric than alignment with those strategic goals.
  • Stuart Easton describes the annual project budgeting process as a “beauty parade,” and challenges the PMO to define value.
  • Priyanka Chakraborty reports that IT project failure rates are essentially unchanged from three years ago. If we can’t be good, let’s at least be predictable?
  • John Goodpasture expands on a quote from Tony Hoare to explore the inductive nature of software testing.
  • PMI has made their Pulse of the Profession 2016 report available for download. Title: “Delivering Value: Focus on benefits during project execution.”
  • Mike Griffiths models the business case for when software development outsourcing makes sense.
  • Glen Alleman shares his reading list of systems engineering textbooks.
  • Keith Foote gives us a primer on Big Data and cloud security.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman posted a two-part series on how to get to a frictionless release. Here’s part 2.
  • Dave Prior interviews Liana Dore, Agile Governance lead for eVestment, on the Agile PMO. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn addresses the question posed by the #NoProjects folks.
  • Lance Knight recounts a tale of two Scrum teams: one with a ScrumMaster who understood team dynamics, and one … well, you get the idea.
  • Natalie Warnert notes that even software teams grieve at the end of their projects.

Applied Leadership

  • David Robins offers some thoughts on managing remote workers, from processes and tools to characteristics of people who can and cannot work well remotely.
  • Kathleen O’Connor interviews former HR executive Larry Solomon on his new book, “Translate, Motivate, Activate: A Leader’s Guide to Mobilizing Change.”
  • Michael Lopp announces coming release of the third edition of “Managing Humans.”
  • Bas de Baat lists the actions needed to get a team “in the zone.”

Working and the Workplace

  • Microsoft announced the Microsoft Professional Degree program, “A university caliber curriculum for professionals at any stage in their career.”
  • Kristin Hillery collected ideas on maintaining work-life balance from a number of folks who work from offices in their home.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Jane Anderson on using LinkedIn to build your personal brand. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Suzanne Lucas briefs us on compliance with the new overtime regulations here in the US.
  • Steven Pressfield lists ten classic books on productivity, old and new.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 11 – 17. And this week’s video: John Kotter explains how an organization that starts out entrepreneurial and agile becomes a bureaucracy, and why it’s hard to reverse the process. Just six minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Ben Tarnoff recounts the story of how the first internet connection was demonstrated forty years ago this summer, at a beer garden in Portola Valley, a suburb of Palo Alto.
  • Bruce Harpham reflects on the phenomenon of ego depletion – the gradual loss of self-control after multiple challenges – and other sources of energy depletion.
  • Paul Reubens reports on how global engineering firm Atkins made the decision to migrate to Office 365, and what they learned along the way.

Established Methods

  • Paul Culmsee and Kailash Awati have published a new book, “The Heretic’s Guide to Management.” They say it’s about ambiguity, teddy bears, and fetishes – OK!
  • Harry Hall shows how to create and use a stakeholder register. Just 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Laura Barnard shares her thoughts on the business case for the PMO as value creator.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Traci Duez, who explains how she got into project management and then into speaking about project management.
  • Seth Godin reminds us that decisions about the future should not be about the past.
  • John Goodpasture ruminates on Matthew Squair’s representation of the risk spectrum, from known to unknown to unknowable.
  • Adam Shostack challenges information security professionals to hold themselves to the same standards as those who build bridges.
  • Paramita Ghosh details the skills required to be a data scientist. You start with business skills …

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman defines swarming, mobbing, and pairing, in great detail.
  • The Clever PM identifies three primary skills of great product managers.
  • Michael Kogan shares some procedural lessons learned from conducting retrospectives.
  • Angela Wick contrasts feature thinking and value thinking.
  • Ryan Ripley chairs a round table of sorts on the GROWS method, with Andy Hunt, Jared Richardson, and Don Gray. Just 55 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty recommends that we think and act “in the moment.” The past matters and so does the future, but what we do right now matters far more.
  • Walt Grassl shares a parable about establishing a culture of trust, which he turns into a sort of checklist.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Niraj Kumar on developing project leadership skills. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Gillian Klette on how to incorporate feedback into your leadership plan, including positive comments. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Liane Davey describes the constructive mindset, as a prerequisite for giving feedback.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland shares some of the best productivity she tips she collected over many years and interviews. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Hambrick and Ullén summarize recent research into whether genes or deliberate practice drive excellence and expertise. The twins research is very interesting.
  • Keith Rollag answers questions posed in the webinar, “What to do when you’re new: how to be comfortable, confident, and successful in new situations.”

Enjoy!