New PM Articles for the Week of August 15 – 21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 15 – 21. And this week’s video: a tutorial on conducting a Monte Carlo analysis using Excel. Just 11 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Michael O’Brochta looks at the cultural, experiential, and situational drivers of how we perceive behavior as ethical, or not. Including our own.
  • Kayleigh Töyrä explains how we can apply Finnish culture and values to project management.
  • Hope Reese reports on a life saved when Tesla Autopilot drove a man to the hospital. Ethical dilemmas, minimum acceptable reliability, and other social risk considerations will make future projects even more complicated.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall describes seven simple actions to take that will make your risk management efforts more productive.
  • Andy Jordan explores the risk management techniques applicable to protecting project benefits.
  • Nick Pisano makes the case for incorporating measures of technical performance in earned value management.
  • Glen Alleman lists units of measure meaningful to expressing value.
  • Kenneth Ashe gives us a refresher course on the basics of project budgets and ROI.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a PM tool evaluation matrix for download.
  • Kerry Wills proposes a new Olympic event: the project management decathlon.

Agile Methods

  • The Clever PM shares the keys to driving a group of people to a decision. Actually, it’s about influence, not control.
  • John Goodpasture points out a few “problems” (which might be opportunities) with a project team made up mostly of “gig” workers.
  • Meghana Bendre is an engineer, and she doesn’t despise Agile. Far from it.
  • Jessie Chen reveals how Netflix does A/B testing.
  • Sandeep Khaira goes into the details of pair programming – when it’s a fit, what are the benefits, and how it’s done.

Applied Leadership

  • Peter Landau interviews Management Excellence blogger and speaker Art Petty.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Spencer Coon of hibox.co on how his 15-person company, distributed among three continents, uses their own product to collaborate. Just 36 minutes, safe for work.
  • Alison DeNisco reports on an Everest Group survey that describes a new trend: on-shoring contact centers. Cost savings and customer satisfaction are both trending down, so …
  • Bertrand Duperrin identifies the difference between your external-facing web site and your intranet: managers want content and employees want relevance.
  • Gina Abudi presents a five-step plan for controlling your anger with a co-worker.

Working and the Workplace

  • Bruce Harpham summarizes Cal Newport’s new book, “Deep Work: Rules for focused success in a distracted world.” It’s time to move past productivity!
  • Brendan Toner reviews ToDoist for Windows, as an alternative to bulky list managers with complex interfaces. Android, IOS, and web variants are also available.
  • Beth Spriggs assembles four tactics that can help you more effectively “single-task.”
  • Project Journal describes the new Holy Grail: Inbox Zero.
  • Elissa Gilbert surveys the broad mix of university and non-traditional programs in data science education.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 8 – 14

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland discuss the Scrum Guide Refresh for 2016. Just 46 minutes, safe for work, and vital if you want to keep up with Agile!

Must read!

  • Carl Pritchard uses the Rio Olympics as an example of a complex project and explains the use of a tiered risk system. Excellent and timely!
  • David Koontz summarizes the Team Performance Model, by Drexler and Sibbet. Definitely a step up from the rhymes of the 50-year old Tuckman model.
  • Jordan Sims points out the project management challenges for the UK government in implementing the Brexit vote.

Established Methods

  • Glen Alleman examines the problems commonly encountered with project schedules and describes the appropriate corrective actions.
  • Jay Hicks shares some insights into PERT he got in a conversation with Rick Morris, host of the radio show The Work / Life Balance.
  • David Cotgreave describes what “good” looks like in IT project management.
  • Moira Alexander reflects on the good and bad of making decisions based on gut feelings.
  • Elizabeth Harrin details a five-step to choosing project team collaboration tools.
  • Ciara McDonnell shares an infographic with tips on how to use Outlook more effectively.
  • Lindsey Marymont describes three strategies for making your PMO a driving force for implementing business strategy.
  • Women Testers Magazine 2nd anniversary edition is now available for download.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Scrum / Agile reader’s digest for this week.
  • Dave Prior posted four interviews from Agile 2016 this week, with Michael Spayd and Michele Madore, Johanna Rothman, Woody Zuill, and Gil Broza. Something for everyone!
  • Mike Cohn warns that a definition of “ready” can set your organization on the path down a slippery slope to stage gates and other archaic management rituals.
  • Amit Kulkarni relates the experience his team had in being Agile across borders and across cultures with their Dutch client.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty describes our daily choice: to merely transact with other people, or to create an opportunity to transform.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through some situations where we should be alert to the potential for unethical behavior.
  • Anabelle Smyth points out the differences between leader behaviors and manager behaviors.
  • Michel Dion articulates the need for authentic leadership in project management.
  • Bertrand Duperrin calls bullshit on media depictions of the Millenials and their younger siblings.
  • Scott Berkun lists seven key questions to ask for any new technological idea.

Working and the Workplace

  • Alison DeNisco reports on a new survey that indicates the over-55 worker is just as comfortable with technology as their younger colleagues. So there!
  • Brendan Toner summarizes the key points of rapidly learning a new skill as described in “The First 20 Hours,” by Josh Kaufman.
  • Lisette Sutherland shares some tech tips for virtual teams, gleaned from some of her interviews and years of experience. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin points out three important truths about work and opportunity in the new economy.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 25 – 31

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 25 – 31. And this week’s video: Stefan Groshupf, CEO of Datameer, on Big Data ethics. As Mike Inman likes to say, “Just because you can does not mean you should.” Just five minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Nick Pisano reflects on the recent past and near future of research and development, from Bell Labs to Google X.
  • Jeff Collins reviews the incredible evolutionary progress of the practice of project management over the last ten years.
  • Jesse Lyn Stoner gives leaders the hard truth – actually ten of them – about the limits of our power, authority, and influence.

Established Methods

  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy takes us through a twelve-step program for creating a realistic project schedule. Yes, that was a sly AA reference …
  • Elizabeth Harrin has curated a list of project managers to follow on Pinterest.
  • Éamonn McGuinness introduces BrightWork’s new “Collaborative Project Management: A Handbook.”
  • Elise Stevens interviews Lyn Windsor on what it means to be an ethical project manager. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture juxtaposes risk management and vision, with inductive and deductive thinking.
  • Glen Alleman disabuses us of the idea that “discovery by doing” as meaningful in all but very specialized endeavors.
  • Rahul Razdan waxes poetic on our growing ability to turn data into actionable information.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers lists ten proven stakeholder communication tactics to use in an Agile transition (and afterward, too).
  • Vishal Prasad reminds us that Agile methods only help if we already have the basics in place.
  • Bart Gerardi has some recommendations for adding an expert – a non-core team member – to an Agile team.
  • Scott Selhorst makes the case for identifying and solving the minimal valuable problem, as a precursor to designing the minimum viable product.
  • Dave Prior spent the week at the Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta, and interviewed most of the luminaries. This page lets you select the interviews that interest you.
  • The Clever PM shares some ways to get access to customers, even when the marketing and sales folks want to play gatekeeper.

Applied Leadership

  • Gina Abudi starts a five-part case study on leading a team through the four stages of development, per Tuckman. Here are parts two and three.
  • Liane Davey explains how to engage the team member who is “too busy” to participate in team building.
  • Art Petty tells us to give ourselves permission to make a decision, to act, and to learn.
  • Michael Lopp describes his process for analyzing The Situation (no, not the reality TV person; a previously unknown problem of epic proportion) and getting to The Decision.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland curates her five favorite segments from the last fifty episodes, on teams working remotely. Just 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Paul Chaney rounds up some interesting statistics about the rapid growth of the gig / freelance economy. More than a fourth of the US workforce? Wow…
  • Penelope Trunk tells a rambling story that illustrates why always working from home is not as great as it sounds. Maybe I should write a rambling counter-point …
  • Bruce Benson applies the concept of refactoring to the way we manage our time and resources.
  • Jerome Iveson notes that multi-tasking is the best way to do lots of sub-par work. Real productivity requires focus!

Enjoy!