New PM Articles for the Week of May 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 16 – 22. And this week’s video: a tutorial on how to create mind maps using iMindMap.

Must read!

  • Mike Griffiths has updated his analysis: “Agile and PMBOK v5 Guide Alignment.” Just 36 pages, invaluable, and free to download in PDF format.
  • Coert Vissar provides brief definitions of 23 common cognitive biases, heuristics, and effects. Understanding these concepts will help you make better decisions.
  • Adriana Girdler walks us through her meeting facilitator toolbox. OK, it’s a rolling suitcase – the contents and how she uses them are what matters. Just 7 minutes, safe for work.

Established Methods

  • Henny Portman reviews Jim Johnson’s new book, “The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management.”
  • Elise Stevens interviews Laura Barnard and Kendall Lott about the Project Management Day of Service and volunteering PM skills to non-profits. Just 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Gina Abudi points out that supporting employees’ social good work often benefits the employer.
  • Daan Pepijn explains how startups and small and medium enterprises can incorporate freelancers into their teams by leveraging technology.
  • Lisette Sutherland does a retrospective and lists some of the reasons her interview subjects have decided to embrace remote work. Just nine minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture examines an interesting concept in a presentation by SalKahn: the “project balance sheet.”
  • Nick Pisano advocates using analytics and a bit of self-awareness to remove the blind spots that keep organizations from acting in their own self-interest.
  • Sven Krasser and Dmitri Alperovitch clarify how machine learning can be applied to identifying and fighting off network attacks.
  • Bruce Harpham dusts off a few more techniques to make Email work for you.

Agile Methods

  • Frode Helgesen provides a quick overview of Pointing Poker, useful for geographically distributed teams who wish they could use planning poker.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Johanna Rothman on her new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management.” Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jay Daniel makes the case for estimating our work, even when using Agile methods.
  • Mike Cohn argues against estimating the Sprint backlog using task points, rather than hours.
  • Peter Saddington has determined that a limited understanding of client organizational culture limits the effectiveness of Agile coaches and consultants.
  • Renee, Craig, and Tony interview Dean Leffingwell, the creator of the Scaled Agile Framework. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Donoghue lays out the logic behind combining Agile and traditional project management methods into a hybrid approach.
  • Lavinia Mihaela Dinca identifies five challenges for the business analyst on a hybrid project.
  • The Clever PM notes that organizations adopt Scrum because they want results, not compliance with a methodology.

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Christine Unterhitzenberger, who is researching the degree to which perceptions of fairness impact project performance.
  • Peter Doyle links Jonathan Westrup’s Ethics, Values, and Governance Pyramid with the model of authentic project leadership described in “Organizational Dynamics.”
  • Art Petty adds his insights on how to coach employees struggling with self-doubt.
  • Moira Alexander illustrates the use of KPI’s to measure a project team’s effectiveness.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 9 – 15

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 2 – 8. And this week’s video: a TED Talk interview with Linus Torvald, the man behind Linux and Git, who explains, “I am not a visionary, I’m an engineer.” Just 22 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a video of her Imposter Syndrome presentation at PMI Synergy. Just 16 minutes long, safe for work.
  • Susanne Madsen begins a series on balancing positive and negative stress with the relationship between job pressure and job performance. There is an optimum level of stress!
  • Kevin Coleman describes the principles of managing what is being called a hybrid project, mixing Agile and Traditional methods.

Established Methods

  • Dimitriy Nizhebetskiy gets us back to the basics on the Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Bart Gerardi shares five techniques for earning and keeping the trust of your project team, stakeholders, and sponsors.
  • Margaret Meloni posts an infographic that describes the four basic components of quality management.
  • Kailash Awati applies Oliver Williamson’s economics research in order to identify the hidden costs to IT outsourcing. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Barbara Trautlein, who explains how to be a confident change leader. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Shuba Kathikeyan profiles twenty notable project management professors from around the globe. If you’re looking for an academic program, this could be very useful.
  • Harry Hall lists twelve questions that will help you diagnose the effectiveness of your project risk management activities.
  • John Goodpasture explains the basics of fault and root cause analysis.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn explains how triangulation can prevent your story point estimates from escalating over time.
  • Johanna Rothman proposes a minimalist working definition of Agile.
  • Lynda Bourne looks at the maturing of Agile, as “the ridiculous excesses promoted by consultants and experts” fade into obscurity and pragmatism takes hold.
  • Pawel Brodzinski shows how Real Options helps achieve commitment from decision makers at the portfolio level to implementers at the feature level, in return for autonomy.
  • Peter Saddington shares an infographic that tells you everything you need to understand about the user experience.

Applied Leadership

  • Moira Alexander points out the most common challenges in software project (and portfolio) management these days.
  • Liane Davey recommends, “When faced with emotion at work, focus on the issue, not the emotion.”
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy outlines Radical Civility, which she defines as, “A kind of personal armor that can help repel the damaging effects of rude behavior.”

Virtual Teams

  • Lisette Sutherland explains how to discover the culture on your virtual team. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.
  • Danielle Koehler continues her series with HR expert Gail Rolls with a Q&A on managing remote workers.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports that the single most important thing needed for a productive team is psychological safety – the way the team interacts.
  • Hubstaff has a nice infographic on how to run a remote meeting. Since I lead such meetings several times a day, I can say: well done!
  • Michael Girdler provides a few tips on how to work from home effectively and efficiently.
  • Abby Wolfe presents the counter-point: working from home is over-rated.

Enjoy!