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.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 26 – November 1. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. And don’t forget: Thursday, November 5, is International Project Management Day.
Elizabeth Harrin summarizes the changes to the PMP exam, coming in January 2016. The changes reflect the findings of the most recent role delineation survey.
Peter Landau summarizes current trends in the online project management community, from International Project Management Day (November 5) to project leadership. The October 2015 edition of
Women Testers is now available, with articles on everything from mind mapping to stress and work, to the conclusion in their series about testing in the cloud. If you haven’t discovered this great online magazine, it’s time to catch up! Established Methods
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Simona Fallavolita, who manages the PMP certification program, on the changes coming in January. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
Pat Weaver tutors us on the differences between Critical Path Method (CPM) and Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT).
Yasser Mahmud describes a methodology for assessing the maturity level of your PMO, and determining where to make improvements.
Mario Trentim has compiled a different sort of FAQ: Frequently Avoided Questions about PMO’s.
Harry Hall shows us how to complete a stakeholder register. Just four minutes, safe for work.
Ryan Ogilvie tells how to collect feedback, from deciding what you’ll do with it to closing the loop with the people who participated.
Linky van der Merwe takes the pulse of the Accidental Project Manager. Yup, still living…
Kenneth Darter examines the transition to production, or as he puts it,” The art of letting go.” Agile Methods
Pawel Brodzinski suggests a Kanban alternative to limiting work in progress: find the next task by working from right to left, backward from “done.”
Jared Smith shares a web site designer’s point of view on budgeting and estimating.
Mike Cohn on doing without a design phase: “Designers need to think holistically but work incrementally.”
Tom McFarlin contemplates the social nature of a software development team.
Thomas Carney shares a nice history of Scrum, plus links to other articles, resources and reference material. Highly recommended! Applied Leadership
Liane Davey reflects on the delicate balance between “confident, capable, and solution-oriented” and being approachable.
Sarah Hood explains why saying “no” can be good for your career. And it’s not just about opportunity cost.
Art Petty continues his “Next Act” series for us older folks, with an interesting charge: focus on your superpower, meaning what you do best.
Melanie Pinola lists ten “soft skills” and provide links to resources that will help you develop them.
William Guinan tell us how to manage negative emotions.
Richard Lepsinger summarizes recent research into generational differences.
Coert Vissar: “Research suggests that performance goals in education are less effective than mastery goals.”
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