VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of April 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Crazy Russian Hacker explains that we’ve been splitting firewood wrong all these years. “Safety is number one priority.” Spasibo, moy drug …
Donald Charles Wynes suggests an interesting way to identify risks: pretend the project is over, and you’re trying to analyze why it failed.
Mike Clayton recommends eight techniques for identifying risks. I especially like Brainwriting and Pre-Mortem.
Andy Jordan points out another source of risk: a change in leadership. Established Methods
Harry Hall shares a checklist that should help you understand your project, which is the first step in managing it.
Glen Alleman presents the Project Breathalyzer: should your project even be on the road?
Women Testers has released the April edition of their quarterly online magazine.
John Goodpasture contemplates managing schedule slack, based on a TED talk by Tim Urban on procrastination. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
Elizabeth Harrin reviews Simon Moore’s book, “Strategic Portfolio Management.”
Elise Stevens interviews Emma Arnaz-Pemberton on how PMO’s can become trusted partners to the business. Just 16 minutes, safe for work. Agile Methods
Alistair Cockburn gives an excellent talk, “The Heart of Agile.” Just 50 minutes, safe for work.
Joshua Taylor makes a good point: designers shouldn’t focus on code – they should focus on the business.
Henny Portman returns from class with a nice summary of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.0.
Emanuele Passera begins a series on Kanban, with a brief introduction to the terminology.
Angela Wick explains the difference between use cases and user stories, and why you should use one or the other but not both.
Sandeep Paudel posts a brief user story FAQ. Part one of two. Applied Leadership
Cameron Conaway gets a few ideas about vision from Patti Sanchez, Chief Strategy Officer at Duarte, Inc, a “visual storytelling company” in Silicon Valley.
Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, explains why hiring is so much more difficult than you might expect.
Liane Davey tells us how to deal with chronic complainers.
Art Petty explains how to succeed in high-pressure conversations.
Allen Ruddock contemplates the nature of motivation. Pot Pouri
Bruce Harpham gives us a comprehensive approach to winning that next promotion.
Project Journal has rounded up 30 of the best interview questions to ask of applicants for a project management position.
Derek Huether explains how to triage meeting requests.
Thomas Carney summarizes six highly regarded productivity systems, and identifies roles that they might work best for (and not).
Seth Godin makes the (quality) case for not using free software.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 30 – December 6. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Patti Gilchrist recommends reducing the cost of poor quality with a risk-based testing strategy. And like most good project strategies, it starts at the beginning.
Art Petty encourages us to become more discriminating consumers of leadership content – getting away from the “happy talk” and digging into the dirty details.
Susanne Madsen details an approach for “up-skilling” an organization’s project managers. Established Methods
Jeff Collins lists his top ten project management thought leaders to follow in 2016.
Justin Stoltzfus identifies trends in business intelligence and data analysis for 2016.
Todd Williams builds on an earlier post, on avoiding litigation when managing a project on behalf of a customer.
Nick Pisano continues his series on a general theory of project management, based on research into complex adaptive systems.
Elizabeth Harrin details “most effective practices” in business requirements management.
Harry Hall checklists the questions new team members need to have answered.
Gina Abudi identifies three challenges uncovered in a survey of managers who lead virtual teams, and strategies to handle them.
Martin Coomber demonstrates a few Visio process modeling productivity hacks. Agile Methods
Glen Alleman notes that Agile at scale, in software-intensive systems-of-systems, is a very different Agile from five to eight developers in a room together.
Madhavi Ledalla expounds on release planning and release management – two critical techniques for delivering working software in iterations.
Esther Derby suggests that the team needs to understand what the product does, from the user’s point of view.
Mike Cohn provides an example of how to use a zero-point estimate on a user story.
Johanna Rothman starts a series on applying Agile methods to hardware development projects.
Reuben Salisbury gives us five reasons why a physical Scrum board beats the one you can access from anywhere, on a variety of devices. Applied Leadership
Eric Johnson provides an executive-level bit of advice: be quick to listen and slow to react.
Bruce Harpham summarizes key lessons from “The Truth About Employee Engagement,” by Patrick Lencioni.
Colin Ellis identifies five “types” of project managers, based on their observable behaviors.
Bertrand Duperrin says that humans must learn to work with robots – not because humans will be replaced, but because collaboration has more potential.
Seth Godin notes that it isn’t economically viable (or even possible) to please some percentage of your customers. Podcasts and Videos
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Richard Larson on his PMI Global Congress presentation, “Entrepreneurial Business Analysis Practitioner.” Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
Jesse Fewell shares a rant: why would you even want to go Agile? It shouldn’t just be “fear of missing out;” you should be seeking transformation. Just five minutes, safe for work.
Elise Stevens interviews Marie Longworth on managing remote vendors. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 23 – 29. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Tom McFarlin recalls Dwight D. Eisenhower’s clarification on the difference between important and urgent. Knowing the difference will help you prioritize your tasks.
Bertrand Duperrin points out an interesting development reflected in Jane McConnell’s annual study: your intranet and your organization are the two sides of a single reality.
Dick Weisinger reports on a Gartner Group estimate that 2018, half of all ethics violations will arise from improper use of Big Data. Established Methods
Nick Pisano begins a series describing a general theory of projects as complex adaptive systems, based on systems theory.
Henny Portman reviews the second edition of “Project Sponsorship,” by Randall Englund and Alfonso Bucero, from PMI.
Mike Clayton explains how to lead your project sponsor. Yes, you have to lead up, or you’ll let them down.
Todd Williams provides a top-level look at organization change models, noting that they don’t all address the same things.
Thomas Carney describes the trade-offs of push processes versus pull process in issue management.
Harry Hall explains how to improve the quality of your risk statements.
Matthew Squair identifies a problem with the way that the Federal Aviation Administration defines risk severity classifications.
Sarah Hood tells how to include risk management into communications planning.
Kevin Coleman notes that everything from social media to business participation in development has raised the stakes for proper testing.
John Goodpasture points out an inescapable fact: most projects run on “little data,” which is mostly tracked in Excel.
Glen Alleman differentiates between a system and the products that comprise or deploy the system. Important distinctions for estimating cost and schedule! Agile Methods
Mike Griffiths looks at managing program benefits from an Agile perspective.
Derek Huether uses the experience of renewing his driver’s license to illustrate two important Lean metrics: Lead Time and Cycle Time.
Dele Oluwole suggests pairings of Scrum, XP, DSDM, and Lean. Sort of an Agile sommelier… Applied Leadership
Elizabeth Harrin expounds on that most practical skill: leadership.
Bruce Harpham reflects on his positive experience as an active member of Toastmasters.
Art Petty describes the behavior of a negative manager type he calls the “hyper-rooster.” And the cure involves more than just switching to decaf.
Liane Davey concludes her analysis of what’s missing from executive teams, and how to bridge the gap. Ravindra Wankar offers some advice for Millenial project managers.
Podcasts and Videos
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Frank Saladis on his 2015 PMI Global Congress presentation, ”The Indispensable Project Manager.” Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
Allen Ruddock illustrates how to analyze a business problem to ensure you are doing the right project. Just ten minutes, safe for work.
Margaret Meloni explains how to diffuse anger. Just two minutes, safe for work.
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