New PM Articles for the Week of August 29 – September 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 29 – September 4. And this week’s video: Jennifer Witt explains the risk register and how it is used. Just 4 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Craig Kilford, owner of the new project management training review website CourseConductor. “Think of Course Conductor as TripAdvisorfor project management training industry.”
  • Derek Huether adds his thoughts to an old post by Zbyněk Dráb on why discipline is far more productive than motivation. Definitely read the original; it’s a classic!
  • Steven Levy shares an anecdote from the early days of Windows 3.0 in order to demonstrate the difference in perception between failure and progress. And then closes with an old video by Concrete Blonde.

Established Methods

  • Karthik Subburaman provides a detailed guide to business process metrics, from what to measure to best practices in implementation.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on how to create a work breakdown structure from a mind map.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through three examples of realistic project risks and how to manage them.
  • Harry Hall describes key risk indicators and explains how to use them to avoid risk events.
  • William Davis demonstrates an elegant way to use Excel’s binomial functions to estimate a risk reserve from your risk register.
  • John Goodpasture strategizes for the Risk Management Office that has to deal with (or report to) an autocrat.
  • Jeff Collins lists the steps to establishing “risk intelligence” in your organization. Think of it as a special case of business intelligence.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posted his roundup of Agile articles and blog posts.
  • Sujatha Tokala describes the activities and value of a one-week Sprint Zero.
  • The Clever PM extols the virtues of clarity: clarity of purpose and clarity of communication.
  • Tom McFarlin contemplates the pressures of meeting software development deadlines: the big pressure variable is quality.
  • Doug Thorpe reminds us that perfectionism is unattainable, and the relentless pursuit of perfection leads to burnout, not achievement.

Applied Leadership

  • Coert Visser encapsulates what researchers have found about when performance, behavioral, and learning goals are most effective.
  • Art Petty reflects on the value of experience in a business world where everything is changing. Maybe it’s not about doing the old things in the old way.
  • Kathleen O’Connor summarizes key points from “The Courage Solution,” by Mindy Mackenzie, based on a conversation with the author.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes that employees don’t care about leveraging the shared knowledge expressed in some collaboration tool as a corporate asset; they just want to get work done.
  • Adriana Girdler recommends we create a personal vision statement, and offers her own as an example.

Working and the Workplace

  • Gina Abudi explains four ways to advance your professional development.
  • Jennifer Zaino reviews statistics that show a startling decline in the number of women entering engineering and computer science.
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews Lindsay Scott on how she manages her daily routine, from schedule to devices to apps.
  • Ryan Ogilvie examines a potential career path for those working on the IT Service Desk, who don’t have technical aspirations.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Bjoern Zinnsmeister on staffing the startup – how to hire remote rock stars, track WIP, that sort of thing. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

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!