New PM Articles for the Week of November 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 13 – 19. And this week’s video: David Dunning (of the Dunning-Kruger Effect) explains why incompetent people think they’re amazing. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Bethany Marz Crystal says that the way to battle sexism and harassment is by improving the social feedback loop—call out the behaviors when they happen. 4 minutes to read.
  • Todd Williams interprets recent statistics that paint a dismal picture of corporate failure to execute on strategy and goals. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Ogilvie notes that simply asking for feedback at service completion doesn’t help if you haven’t got a strategy to manage and act on that feedback. 3 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin explains how to use graphics, pictures, graphs, and charts to communicate project information. 5 minutes to read, with a link to her white paper on the subject.
  • Erik van Hurk explains why we should set the Status Date and automatically update the project schedule when US MS Project. 5 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall tutors us on planning for project risk management. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale suggests that we listen for the Cassandras, those subject matter experts who warn of impending risks and issues, even if they seem unlikely. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nilanjan Kar makes the case for integrating information security management into the PMBOK Guide. 12 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman clarifies why independent cost estimating is valid, even when performed by someone who won’t be party to execution. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nick Pisano points out the difference between earned value management and cash flow analysis in project management. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

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    Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile roundup, from a Jeff Patton lecture to the problem with Scrum to brilliant jerks and the immorality of addicting users. 8 outbound links, 2 minutes to browse.

  • Dave Prior interviews Jurgen Appelo on his new crowd-funded app/platform project: Agility Scales. Video, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jerry Doucett shares a litmus test for getting your organization on track to being Agile (as opposed to doing Agile). 7 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke describes the zone of acceptance—the collection of tasks that each team member believes is a part of their job—and how to extend it in a self-organizing team. 6 minutes to read.
  • Tamás Török notes the importance of knowledge transfer in a software development team and describes four complementary techniques for sharing the learnings. 6 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley interviews Johanna Rothman on creating a successful Agile project. 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn explains why it’s important to have a consistent sprint duration. 3 minutes to read.
  • Poornima Vijayashanker and Leslie Yang discuss product debt and why you should pay it down with every release. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Cesar Abeid and Traci Duez talk about getting to self-leadership. Podcast, 28 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Clayton gets into the details of how to manage the transition when a team member leaves your project. 9 minutes to read.
  • Alyse Kalish gets advice from Katia Beauchamp, CEO of Birchbox, on how to make the best use of advice—as opposed to getting someone to make the decision for you. 3 minutes to read.
  • Chris Rainey interviews Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, who says,” We don’t have a talent shortage, we have a training shortage.” Video, 32 minutes, safe for work.

Working and the Workplace

  • Brad Feld asks the question: Do you reduce stress for others or increase it? 2 minutes to read.
  • Scott Berkun explains the pay to stress ratio: “You can always earn more money, but you cannot earn more time.” 3 minutes to read.
  • Shayna Hodkin posts her occasional advice column, answering “how do I ask for a raise” and “how do I handle hating my job?” 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland discuss the history of Scrum and the newest update to the Scrum Guide, just released this week. 55 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • George Paliy provides an overview of the GDPR, including obligations of organizations that collect and control personally identifiable information and the rights of the people whose data has been collected. 8 minutes to read.
  • Kevin Coleman answers the rhetorical question: does IT strategy have a future? Isn’t technology now an integral component of business strategy? 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths explains the impact that the recent release of the PMBOK Guide 6th Edition and the Agile Practice Guide will have on those studying for the PMP, PMI-ACP, and CAPM. 3 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • The BlacksmithGlen Alleman introduces Integrating Program management and System Engineering, edited by Eric Rebentisch. Sounds interesting, just a minute to scan.
  • Mike Agnello shares ten rueful project aphorisms. If they weren’t all true, I might have laughed at some of them. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture quotes from Agile Testing by Lisa Crispin and Janey Gregory on the reasons to use an automated to track problem reports. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy takes us on a deep dive into project integration management. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton gives us the history and use of the PERT Chart and compares it to CPM. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harry Hall answers our questions about the PMI-RMP (risk management professional) credential. 2 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from an Agile periodic table (Mendeleev was Agile?) to the impact of GAAP on Agile adoption to an AMA with Steve Portigal. 2 minutes to scan, 7 outbound links.
  • Henny Portman points out what has been changed in the newest update to The Scrum Guide. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke reflects on whether it is more effective to teach Agile methods or the Agile mindset? 4 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Andrew Stellman and Jenny Green on their new book, Head First Agile: A brain-friendly guide to Agile and the PMI-ACP. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Shreehari Narayana tells how his organization adopted Scrum, with bullet points organized under the Principles described in the Agile Manifesto. 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cesar Abeid and Traci Duez starting a new interview series on how we can achieve insights into our own behavior. Podcast, 26 minutes, safe for work. Welcome back, Cesar—we’ve missed you!
  • Leigh Espy describes five styles of effective listening and when to apply them. 6 minutes to read, but take a few extra minutes to digest.
  • Judith Humphrey teaches a few straightforward, emotionally intelligent techniques to be a better listener and a more effective influencer. 5 minutes to read.
  • Derek Huether recommends that everyone in the company should understand what metrics drive the business and what behaviors they encourage. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Adam Shostack reflects on the key takeaways from Collin Greene’s Fixing Security Bugs. 3 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin explains why we need tags and a data taxonomy and how to use it to categorize the data you collect during a project. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roy Agababa reports on the ways that the insurance industry is (and soon will be) using data analytics to transform business and service offerings. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kong Yang tutors us on microservices—from the technology to the business decisions to be made. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kiron Bondale sees computer-assisted project management as not only a near-term development but another aspect of diversity in the workplace. 2 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland highlights a few “up and coming” tools for remote workers. Podcast, 8 minutes, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin points out that we talk differently when the speakerphone is on. Louder, for sure. Just a minute to read, but the self-consciousness will linger.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 30 – November 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 30 – November 5. Note that Daylight Savings Time ended in North and Central America. And this week’s video: Jesse Fewell shares an excited video selfie from the PMI Global Conference in Chicago, following the launch of the Agile Practice Guide. A new era is dawning – PMI and the Agile Alliance have created non-commercial, methodology-agnostic guidelines for tailoring Agile methods to the work to be done.  5 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Michael Simmons reveals the secret to Thomas Edison’s success: the 10,000-experiment rule. “Deliberate experimentation is more important than deliberate practice.” 10 minutes to read.
  • Valerie Senyk shares some observations on what it takes to teach well. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nathan Kinch predicts that one of the outcomes of the GDPR will be closer collaboration between designers and attorneys. Privacy by design is a requirement. 6 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Kiron Bondale defends the use of the digraph as a risk communication tool. 2 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall describes the steps to take in right-sizing your risk management plan.
  • Glen Alleman reinforces the concepts in an old post: Process is King. Activity must be guided to efficiently achieve goals. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Garrod points out the process changes in each knowledge area of the PMBOK 6th 3 minutes to read.
  • Sam Huffman explains the best practice for entering task durations in MS Project. Less than 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture quotes Yuval Harari in caveating the predictive value of the past project history and metrics kept by every PMO. Just about a minute to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin conducts a wide-ranging 22-minute video interview with Jon Clay, President of PMI UK. Or you can read the transcript in about 14 minutes.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile round-up, from Agile experiments to Agile misconceptions, to starting stand-ups on time. 8 outbound links, 2 minutes to browse.
  • Adam Palmer puts story points and relative sizing into perspective using pumpkins. 2 minutes to read.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, introduce an enterprise Scrum simulation game using Legos. 7 minutes to read, bring your own Legos.
  • Muslim Rizvi explains the acronym TECHMEDICS, which collects the basic considerations and questions to ask before beginning an Agile implementation. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn shines a light on several “scary” aspects of adopting Agile methods, in honor of Halloween. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Grace Windsor extols the benefits of using a project team charter to facilitate alignment and put the focus on the goals of the project. 5 minutes to read.
  • Naomi Caietti tutors us on emotional intelligence and how to develop it in ourselves. 5 minutes to read.
  • Susanne Madsen recounts her recovery from the stress she imposed on herself while leading a large, business-critical program. Sometimes, we must lead ourselves. 7 minutes to read.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Lynda Bourne describes a complex model of stakeholder engagement, with the authentic characteristics of the organization at the core. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tells us how to plan a stakeholder engagement campaign. 8 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Nicole Nader on why being authentic is important to building effective relationships with stakeholders. Podcast, 16 minutes, safe for work.

Working and the Workplace

  • Tamás Török shares the findings on hiring software developers at start-up companies, from the State of Software Development 2017 report. 4 minutes to read.
  • Gary Poster conducts a rigorous analysis of the pros and cons of distributed teams, from “remote friendly” to “remote reliant.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Dom Price, head of R&D at Atlassian, on best practices for including remote colleagues in teams, such as team rituals. Video interview, 41 minutes.
  • Mike Griffiths reminds of the importance of focus. Just over a minute to read.

Enjoy!