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?
The RACI matrix is a commonly used tool to depict which project team roles are participating in each task, and at what level they participate: Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, or Informed. The article concludes with a short list of common variations
This month marks six years of blogging, and I expect to keep at it for some time to come. I’m always grateful for the feedback, so please let me know what topics you’d like me to write about. As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.
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.