New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 23 – March 1. We pan for the gold, every week! Recommended:
- ProjectsAtWork summarizes the findings of a new research report on Agile project management software. Key finding: nearly half of the PMs are managing projects not related to software development.
- Skip Weisman thinks we might be having the “wrong” conversation with the “right” person.
- Dorie Clark says that Email may be ruining your life, primarily because we’re using it for things it was never intended to do.
PM Best Practices
- Kailash Awati reviews the shortcomings of traditional decision theory when managing in the absence of reliable information.
- Patti Gilchrist explains why Six Sigma complements innovation, rather than stifling it.
- John Goodpasture makes the case for project managers to develop business skills, especially literacy in financial accounting.
- Irfan Shariff describes the Quality Function Deployment Matrix.
- Harry Hall details the process of cranking out a compressed project schedule.
- Nick Pisano outlines his approach for the professional development of new project managers.
- Mike Gruia details an approach for building a strategic PMO that will establish “a sustainable competitive advantage.”
- Mark Phillipy interviews Cornelius Fichtner and Kevin Reilly on the wide range of PMI related certifications – it’s not just the PMP! Just over an hour, safe for work.
- Margaret Meloni explains how to get remote workers set up for success. Just over three minutes, safe for work.
- Larry O’Brien summarizes five essential rules of software project management. Yes, there are excellent concepts that pre-date the Agile Manifesto.
- Mike Griffiths explains the ideas behind his proposed presentation at Agile 2015: Eat risks for breakfast, poop awesomeness all day! Risks = fiber? Who knew?
- Mike Cohn tries to explain the difference between a user story and a task, and triggers a comment storm!
- Renee, Craig, and Tony let us listen in on their banter and reviews of some of their tools. Just 57 minutes, safe for work.
- Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, explain why the fives “whats” are more effective than the five “whys.”
- Pawel Brodzinski delivers a bunch of sketches that illustrate Virginia Satir’s Change Model and Stuart Kauffman’s Fitness Landscape. Long post, but worth reading.
- Bruce Harpham looks at two basic models of motivation: Frederick Herzberg’s classic hygiene factors and motivators, and Dan Pink’s Drive model.
- Nada Aldahleh summarizes recent research on the effects of sleep deprivation and interrupted sleep.
- Liam Barrett champions the value of emotional intelligence to leaders.
- Michael Lopp describes the emotional J-curve of starting a new gig. He doesn’t call it that, but that’s what he’s describing. I do it 2 – 3 times a year, and he’s spot on.
- Robert Kelly gets us back to the basics of organizing a meeting.
- Elizabeth Harrin shares a video that shows what a conference call would look like if everyone was in the room. Painful, but true to life.
- Kerry Wills offers a few reasons why meeting in person isn’t all that much of an improvement over the conference call.
- Éamonn McGuinness lists some best practices for making meetings effective, including the “energy test.”
New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 16 – 22. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- The MIT Technology Review gets us caught up on recent advances in computer recognition of faces and other three-dimensional objects.
- Mike Griffiths analyzes the growth of the various PMI professional credentials over the last ten years. The trends are interesting.
- Kristin Yang uses animated gifs to show how she spends her day as a software development project manager. Because it’s not all Dilbert scenarios.
PM Best Practices
- John Goodpasture reports on a recent exercise that demonstrated the value of letting small teams self-organize to solve a problem.
- Harry Hall notes that a project’s greatest exposure to risk lies at the beginning, and suggests steps to reduce that exposure.
- Nick Pisano explains why fast-tracking a project also involves taking on additional risks and accepting more waste.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Susanne Madsen on the subject of her new book: “The Power of Project Leadership.”
- Glen Alleman hacks away the Agilista pop-culture crap to get to a more rigorous definition of self-organizing.
- Kerry Wills analyzes the spectrum of yellow that falls between Green and Red in our status reports.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Michael Smith on the concepts and practice of conscious software development. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
- Paul Ritchie gives us his summary of PMI’s “Pule of the Profession” report, and their findings on how high-performing project management organizations are more agile.
- Mike Cohn is a firm proponent of a “definition of done,” but points out that there are cases where teams benefit from defining different levels of done.
- Neil Killick examines a Twittersphere Scrum controversy, and suggests that the case in point misses an opportunity to investigate the underlying problem.
- Derek Huether notes that even a co-located team needs a process framework and a communication tool.
- Bart Gerardi makes the case for including the entire team in preparing estimates.
- Pawel Brodzinski rolls out an interesting estimation and planning tool: No Bullshit Estimation Cards. Yeah, I got yer Fibonacci, right here …
- Sumit Sharma makes the point that the product backlog isn’t just prioritized, but ordered.
- Cesar Abeid interviews writer, speaker, and podcaster Mike Vardy on his minimalist approach to personal productivity. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.
- Bruce Harpham gets into the why and how of self-motivation.
- Gina Abudi lists our bullets for practices that will help us improve our concentration by screening out distractions.
- Michael Lopp shares his non-judgmental take on the behaviors you’ll likely see in a conversation.
- Bruce Benson tells us how he responds when a colleague announces that he’s leaving for another opportunity.
- Tracey Richardson and colleagues report on their research into how project managers got into the profession. Mostly, by accident.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 2 – 8. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Erik Sofge canvasses AI researchers to see if there is any potential for malevolent super-intelligent machines. Isn’t this like asking Henry Ford if he’s worried about climate change?
- Cynthia Zieman details the project management plan, which is not the same thing as the project plan.
- Margaret Meloni argues for maintaining a high profile when working remotely. Just two minutes, safe for work.
PM Best Practices
- Howard Baldwin ignores the hand-wringing failures sagas and seeks out stories from big-data projects that seem to have succeeded.
- Michel Dion believes that the way to manage complexity is to have a flexible model that will guide monitoring your project’s health.
- Stacey Barr suggests an approach to measuring results, rather than just activity.
- Michael Wood proposes a structured approach to measuring the quality of the project management process.
- Elizabeth Harrin reports from the Women in Technology Awards banquet in London.
- John Goodpasture distinguishes between organizational change and organizational transformation.
- Allen Ruddock notes that “best practices” for the PMO are only valuable if tailored to the needs of the organization.
- Glen Alleman give a couple of examples of value at risk modeling.
- Andy Jordan covers the basics of how a project manager should get to know the people on her project.
- Ryan Ogilvie uses a football metaphor for service delivery.
- Johanna Rothman is so over the cone of uncertainty for software development estimation.
- Ron Jeffries offers his thoughts on estimating software projects.
- Amit Sarkar considers the importance of release planning in making Agile methods successful.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Matthew Turner on what he learned in writing his new book, “Successful Mistake.” Just over an hour, safe for work.
- Seth Godin channels Maslow, constructing a Productivity Pyramid.
- Cheri Baker tells us how to apply first aid for the psychological wounds suffered by teams, at the hands of abusive managers.
- Coert Visser shares an anecdote about the challenge of helping a manager clearly communicate their expectations to the team.
- Bertrand Duperrin says that Big Data, natural language process, and other advanced techniques might not change recruiting (and resume processing) as much as we think.
- Scott Berkun extracts two key paragraphs about limited value of expert opinion, from an unclassified CIA study.
- Mark Phillips expands on a criticism by George Orwell, of writers who use catch phrases and buzz words to express themselves – and do it poorly. PM’s take heed!
- Nick Pisano explores the potential for a not invented here mindset to affect projects, organizations, and even entire societies.