New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 16 – 22. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Michel Dion advocates for informal communication, as 75% or more of the communication on a project.
Sreenivas Kunapuli describes what might be the first new contract type in decades: the pre-paid staffing model.
Paul Ritchie points out the value of a PMO in mergers and divestitures. Having been through more than a few myself, I agree completely. Established Methods
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Brett Harned on how his project teams use Slack as a communication platform.
Lindsey Patterson reviews the technology and techniques available for maintaining communications with team members working away from the office.
Gina Abudi tells how to handle that rare problem of an overly-engaged project sponsor.
Wanda Curlee briefs us on this year’s PMO symposium in Phoenix, from the perspective of a portfolio manager.
Adam Shostack finds new information security wisdom in a relatively old book: Henry Petroski’s “The Evolution of Useful Things.”
Dave Wakeman explains how to mix innovation in with a structured approach to project management.
Jeff Collins details the steps to close out a project.
Kerry Wills says that action items need a date, so he schedules a meeting to get an update from the person assigned to the action. Agile Methods
Mike Cohn says there is value in the work not assigned. It gives people a chance to step up and lead.
Glen Alleman shares an incredibly long Agile-at-Scale reading list.
Johanna Rothman begins a series: how long are your Scrum iterations?
Bruce Harpham provides a quick introduction to user stories, as a mechanism for identifying requirements.
Derek Huether on choosing an Agile framework: “Look for a framework that looks like a potential organizational end-state.” Applied Leadership
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jack Ferraro on his paper, “Measure Twice, Change Once: Practical Strategies for Change Management.” Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Clayton summarizes recent research into resistance to change.
Colin Ellis says the best thing about project management is “Knowing that you brought a team of people together and collectively created something special.”
Coert Visser observes that letting go of our limiting beliefs is necessary in order to play a positive role in the world.
John Goodpasture has some advice for the introvert attending a conference.
Elise Stevens interviews John Hinwood on stress addiction: “Stress acts in the same brain regions as other addictive substances.” Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 2 – 8. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Geoff Colvin examines the 21 st century Corporation, where human capital matters more than the means of production and intellectual capital is creating all of the wealth.
Brian Horowitz explains how dairy farmers in India are using RFID tags and sensors to feed Big Data applications that let them maximize milk production.
Dave Wakeman expresses the ROI of project managers and project management. As Dave says, it’s not about actions, it’s about outcomes. Established Methods
Federico Tomassetti tells us what software developers expect from a project manager. You can expand this to other technical subject matter experts.
Harry Hall uses an anecdote from a friend whose bedroom was invaded by fire ants to illustrate the nature of emerging risks.
Ken Martin covers the fundamentals of stakeholder management.
Marc Lacroix says that managing expectations is critical: just as you need to define “done,” you need to define “successful.”
Ken Burrell initiates the ”Campaign for Real Project Managers.” All you have to do is share your project management horror stories, using the tag #CAMRPM.
Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Visual Project Management,” by Paul R. Williams. It seems like a compendium of tools, rather than a methodology.
Moira Alexander shares some recommendations for managing a project portfolio for strategic alignment.
Andy Jordan sings the praises of checklists, for executive decision-making.
Nick Pisano advocates adoption of open databases and data structure definitions, as a way to avoid a technical marriage of inconvenience.
Michael Ipsaro lists some best practices and critical considerations for performing a cost-benefit analysis. Agile Methods
Cesar Abeid interviews solution architect Matt Stratton on DevOps. Just over an hour, safe for work.
Mike Cohn has some suggestions for hiring managers who need to interview prospective Scrum Masters.
Craig Smith interviews Peter Bell on managing software development, and his talk at Yow on using Git. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
Jesse Fewell says that Agile is the new normal, because it represents a moral imperative. Less than four minutes, safe for work. Applied Leadership
Susanne Madsen notes that our beliefs drive our attitudes, which drive our actions, which in turn drive the results we get.
Art Petty points out the leadership activities that equate to “getting your hands dirty.”
Penelope Trunk weaves together threads of disparate research findings into a fascinating collection of insights into human nature – useful if you happen to work with humans.
Dennis McCafferty shares a slide deck that explains what differentiates a world-class IT department from their peers.
Tom McFarlin provides some insights on his approach to public speaking.
Elise Stevens interviews chiropractor Judy Hinwood of the Stress Management Institute on how to manage good and bad stress. Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
Another of my posts at AITS has been published: The Project Dangers of Misusing RAID. In this case, RAID refers not to the bug spray, but to compilations of risks, assumptions, issues, and decisions in Excel templates. While managing each of them is critical to project success, it is important to understand the relationships among them – you can’t effectively manage them in isolation.
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