New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Ed Deci’s TED Talk on controlled motivation and autonomous motivation. Ed is the co-developer of the self-determination theory, which suggests that we should create conditions under which people can motivate themselves. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
Johanna Rothman presents the case for and against estimates, in parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. This series should be sufficient justification for you to follow her blogs.
Nick Statt reports on Microsoft’s new project management app for Office 365, called Planner. Not a replacement for Project, but a collaboration and planning tool.
Brad Egeland provides one-page summaries for twelve project management, collaboration, and portfolio management software products.
Elizabeth Harrin collected insights from six PM’s on how they manage multiple simultaneous projects.
Pat Weaver looks into those cases where the critical path includes task dependencies other than Finish-to-Start links.
Clark Wimberly notes that proper preparation is required for a kick-off meeting which will pay dividends throughout the project.
Henny Portman reviews “PPM! Manage Your Organization Masterfully with Project portfolio Management.”
Cameron Conaway interviews Robin Kwong, Special Projects Editor at the Financial Times, who find clarity by beginning each project with the same question: What’s it for?
New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 9 – 15. And this week’s video: how to display two different chart types in one chart in Excel. Just five minutes, safe for work.
Art Petty provides guidance on how to recover from the damage a toxic employee does to both the team and the manager.
Cameron Conaway reports on the evidence that, despite advances in the last few years, sexism still limits opportunities for women in a business world dominated by men.
Narciss Popescu updates Tuckman’s model of group development – Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning – based on studies that reflect modern business.
Michel Dion describes decision management and related administrative tool, the Decision Log.
Harry Hall describes the benefits of conducting a risk audit, and provides an example.
Pat Weaver notes that the language we use to describe project risks can make it more difficult to communicate and manage them.
Henny Portman reviews Jan Postema’s new book, “The Effective Project Board.” Looks like an interesting read.
Mike Clayton points out the critical information in a project brief: the document that gets a project approved.
Jeff Collins makes the case for project dashboard reporting.
Dmitriy Nizhebeskiy concludes his two-part series on creating a work breakdown structure with twenty traits of the high-quality WBS.
Magnus Doll has compiled a list of the twenty “most interesting” project management blogs, including this one – thanks for the recognition!
Thor Olavsrud reports from Apache: Big Data North America, where keynote speaker Amy Gaskins explained the critical attributes of successful Big Data projects.
John Goodpasture takes exception to Philippe Krutchen’s recent post expanding the definition of technical debt – it’s not just about design decisions.
Johanna Rothman provides an example of using a discovery project to improve both the quality of the cost and schedule estimates of a proposed project and get customer buy-in.
Tin Kadoic provides an overview of how Five and Shoutem approach product testing. Critical point: expose the product to the users early in the development process!
Thomas Carney notes the need to get user feedback in a structured manner, so it’s actionable.
Samir Goswami examines the challenge of making quality measurable in for a Scrum team.
Craig Smith interviews Marcus Hammarberg on his new book, “Kanban in Action.” Just 42 minutes, safe for work.
Applied Leadership and Collaboration
Elise Stevens interviews Alli Polin on leadership and the myths around personal growth and development. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
Penelope Trunk extracts lessons on team building from working with the kids on the farm.
Scott Berkun concatenates five principles into a plan for solving problems – big problems.
Lisette Sutherland interviews freelance product manager Fernando Garrido Vaz on managing virtual teams with varying cultures and times zones. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
Craig Smith recommends you upload your photo to the tools you use to collaborate with your globally dispersed team, to help them think of you as a person.
Carmine Gallo lists the public speaking tips that TED gives to its presenters.
Liane Davey vents: people who don’t read the pre-read material waste everyone else’s time when you have to cover it in the meeting.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 25 – May 1. And this week’s video: Nixie Pixel explains how to install and use KeePass, my favorite every-platform password manager. Just over six minutes, safe for work.
Lynda Bourne expounds on the nature and sources of reputational risk and dealing with reputational risk events.
Cade Metz reports on the founding of OpenAI, the new firm founded by Elon musk and Sam Altman which will create transformative technology and then give it away.
Bertrand Duperrin shares his analysis of PWC’s 2016 Global CEO Survey. Key takeaway: business has to redefine success in order to be successful.
John Goodpasture: “Risk management does not set policy for the project office; it only sets the left and right-hand boundaries for the vision, or for the project policies.”
Laura Barnard explains why PMO success is driven more by building trust than by establishing repeatable processes.
Ryan Ogilvie lays out some strategies for what to do when your IT service improvement program stops improving – there are paths past the plateau.
Rich Maltzman notes project portfolio management lessons in Ken Burn’s documentary, “National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” and E.O. Wilson’s “Half Earth.”
Danie van den Berg makes the case for diagrams and visuals, and just drawing things during meetings.
Lisette Sutherland interviews Johanna Rothman on organizing geographically distributed teams. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
Bart Gerardi shows how and when to use a story point value of zero.
Vyom Bharagwaj describes two common estimating techniques: Wideband Delphi and Planning Poker.
The Clever PM begins a series on Product Management Fundamentals: Working with designers.
Alex DiPasquale outlines the importance of properly written acceptance criteria.
Dave Duggal notes that the proliferation of API’s, whether SOAP /WSDL or REST, is making every software app a collection of integration experiments.
Harry Hall tells how to manage that project team member who isn’t performing.
Art Petty speaks out on the “inner game of leading,” meaning the mental attitude that drives our behavior.