New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 1 – 7. And this week’s video is Survivorman Les Stroud and his buddy Bob with a deep woods harmonica duet.
- Suzanne Lucas summarizes recent research into what make us appear to be stupid. Three behaviors dominated – and you can change your behavior!
- John Goodpasture gets us back to the numerical basics of counting, measuring, and positioning. Elegant + simple = profound.
- Michael Wood provides a comprehensive introduction to ethics, as it applies to project management. With lots of links to excellent topical content!
- Mark Langley, CEO of the Project Management Institute, advises CFO’s on how to optimize project portfolio management in their organization.
- Glen Alleman notes that the first step in estimating work to be done is simple research: has this been done before?
- Harry Hall describes the Nominal Group Technique for risk identification.
- Steven Levy reminds us that optimizing our designs for use is more important than optimizing them to prevent abuse.
- Bob Tarne presents another idea from Change by Design: experimenting.
- Nick Pisoni attacks some lingering false assumptions related to use of hard data to assess project performance.
- Johanna Rothman contrasts the Burndown and Burnup charts, to make the point that what matter is what action the data drives you to take.
- Richard DeFrancesco adds flow and Cycle Time charts from Lean to Burn Up charts, to help his team better visualize work completed and in progress.
- Bernd Schiffer wants us to view retrospectives as an investment, that pays off over time.
- Derek Huether promotes his three favorite Agile apps for the iPhone.
- Nilesh Shah enumerates the Seven Sins of Scrum.
- Cameron Conaway notes that silos have a function; eliminating them altogether might be counter-productive.
- Susanne Madsen shares some advice for forming and managing geographically distributed teams.
- Liane Davey offers some ideas for moving from argument and confrontation to collaboration.
- Art Petty recommends we widen our field of view, especially when developing strategy.
- The Clever PM opines that the true test of our values comes when face adversity.
- Deb Schaffer recaps the steps to putting together a project team.
- Danielle Kohler begins an interview series with IT recruiter extraordinaire, Gail Rolls on how to success in a job interview.
- Elizabeth Harrin advises new folks – especially young women – what behaviors will help them be taken seriously at work.
- Shikha Menwal observes the inverse relationship between “busy” and “productive.”
- Mathieu Noiville points us toward five excellent project management blogs.
- Bruce Harpham recommends 16(!) podcasts for career development, project management, and more.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 18 – 24, and we’re just sittin’ on top of the world. Recommended:
- Aaron Smith identifies ten strategy execution trends that will impact the way we manage projects in 2016.
- Bruce Harpham retrieves six principles for success from Ashlee Vance’s biography of Elon Musk. If you’re going to admire a billionaire, this might be the guy.
- John Goodpasture analyzes the idea that we should make mistakes early and often. Not all mistakes are created equal!
- Aaron Smith summarizes three critical questions posed by Patrick Stroh, author of “Advancing Innovation,” to assess which ideas are worth pursuing.
- Henny Portman reviews “Executive Sponsor Research Report,” from The Standish Group.
- Glen Alleman describes capabilities-based planning, for software-intensive systems to be built for government customers, using Agile methods.
- Gene Gendel points out the limitations of Red-Amber-Green status reporting.
- Harry Hall details the operational risk management plan and the various sources of operational risk.
- Ryan Ogilvie examines the part of IT that faces the customer, the service request system, from both the customer perspective and the IT perspective.
- Women Testers Magazine for January 2016 is available for download. Not just for women and not just for testers – highly recommended.
- Renee Troughton considers a critical question for hiring a Scrum Master: what is the minimum viable Agilist?
- Mike Cohn addresses the rationale behind the frequent question, “Does a Scrum team need a retrospective every sprint?”
- Vikram Singh describes the most common methods used to gauge the level of effort required for each story in sprint planning.
- Bart Gerardi describes the role of the Agile executive in changing the organization’s culture.
- Kaushik Saha analyzes Kanban as a queue, using Little’s Law.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Sarah Coleman, co-author of “Project Leadership.”
- Cesar Abeid interviews Don Smith, “The Speech Wiz,” on the life and career value of developing your public speaking and communication skills. Just over an hour, safe for work.
- Liane Davey explains how to create a sense of accountability in the people who report to you.
- Kailash Awati shares his presentation on improving decision-making in situations with high ambiguity, using IBIS notation for issue mapping. About 48 minutes, safe for work.
- Art Petty notes that leading drains the spirit, and offers some ideas on how to refuel.
- Gina Abudi proposes creation of a team charter, articulating the purpose, mission, and goals of the team.
- Jamie Condliffe lists the 25 most popular passwords, gleaned from over two million stolen and leaked on the internet.
- Thor Olavsrud reports on efforts to apply artificial intelligence to problems where not all of the information is visible. For example: Heads-up No-limit Texas Hold ’em poker.
- Brad Rach extols the virtues of a paper notebook. His choice: Moleskine.
- Johanna Rothman shares a few tips on the process of writing.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 11 – 17. This week’s favorite video: what happens when you reply to Spam – thanks, Garry, for the link! Recommended:
- Jeff Hawkins and Donna Lubinsky (remember the Palm Pilot and Treo?) explain the nuances of different approaches to machine intelligence and learning.
- Bernard Marr introduces us to the future of short-range, wireless networking technology. Called LiFi, it’s essentially an LED that can transmit 224 GB per second. The mind boggles …
- Coert Visser summarizes three phenomena which have ramifications for self-assessment: the Dunning-Kruger effect, the curse of knowledge, and the raised bar.
- Brad Rach explains the bus rule: “Being a good project manager means I could get hit by a bus tomorrow and no one would notice.”
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Risk Doctor David Hillson on his presentation, “Weight Loss for Risky Projects.” Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
- Harry Hall lists the topics to include in a risk management plan.
- Emily Sue Tomac shows us two lists: then ten most frequently researched project management tools on TrustRadius, and the ten top rated. Note the lack of correlation.
- John Goodpasture draws our attention to John Higbee’s “Program Success Probability Summary,” a colorful dashboard with trend indicators. Mental wheels are turning …
- Elizabeth Harrin starts her new series, Inspiring Women in Project Management, by interviewing Caroline Crewe-Read. Stonehenge – seriously?!?
- Cesar Abeid interviews Adam Nesrallah, a former spy, on applying intelligence gathering skills to communication. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.
- Elise Stevens interviews Andrew Pearce on establishing and maintaining engagement with your stakeholders. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
- Nick Pisano continues his ruminations on materiality and prescriptiveness, as they apply to contractual relationships.
- Bob Tarne summarizes the concepts of divergence and convergence (as they apply to generating and selecting ideas) from Tim Brown’s “Change by Design.”
- Neil Killick explains why MYOB plans to hire full-time Agile coaches in Melbourne, Sydney, and Auckland, and how they plan to leverage them.
- Henny Portman shares his Prince2 Agilometer, an interesting tool for assessing the balance between structure and agility.
- Craig Smith interviews Tom and Mary Poppendieck on Agile, Lean, rapid feedback, culture, and leadership. Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
- The Clever PM tells how to get organizational alignment with the product road map.
- Art Petty has begun a new series, called the manager’s guide to understanding strategy. This looks very good, even by Art’s standards.
- Johanna Rothman concludes her series on how to leverage certifications in the hiring process without drowning out the more important stuff.
- Suzanne Lucas gets us up to speed on a new trend in recruiting: No Resumes. Candidates are assessed on the quality of what they produce when given an assignment.
- Colin Ellis explores the balancing act between leadership, organizational cultural, and project management methods.
- James Clear explains how to cure Akrasia (what the ancient Greeks called procrastination).