New PM Articles for the Week of February 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Jochen Menges explains how charismatic leaders speak to our emotions, and why we defer to them. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Hear)!

  • Vicki Wrona concludes her four-part series on project management obstacles with her reflections on unrealistic expectations and micro-management.
  • Mike Griffiths explains how to apply Lean Thinking precepts to your PMO, to deliver the most value with the least waste and highest utilization of available talent.
  • Cornelius Fichtner extracts the answer to one question he asked in each of 14 interviews at the PMI Global Congress 2016: Which is the interpersonal skill that you attribute the most of our success in your career to? Just 24 minutes, safe for work.

Established Methods

  • Leigh Espy provides a complete, concise, and actionable tutorial on software project requirements.
  • Mark Mulally contemplates project management as a service function, and what that means to stakeholders, sponsors, and project managers.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Michel Dion on rescuing troubled projects with a brutal assessment and a new plan, followed by execution and intense monitoring. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Barry Hodge explains how to tailor Prince2 to each project. And yes, that’s an integral part of the method!
  • Harry Hall identifies seven common quality management failure modes.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile tribes to the learning value of prototyping, to the Goldilocks product development timeframe.
  • Johanna Rothman shows how to maintain visibility over the work you postpone with a Parking Lot.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Bryan Beecham on the importance of simplicity, psychological safety, and continuous improvement. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Jay Melone addresses the big question on Design sprints: how do you get from validation to execution?
  • Tamás Török links us to the best Slack integrations for distributed software teams.

Applied Leadership

  • John Goodpasture ruminates on the fiduciary nature of the project manager role.
  • Art Petty catalogs some of the awkward moments—the ones that trigger our negative emotions—and advises on how to handle them.
  • Grace Windsor explores ways to apply emotional intelligence techniques to enhance team collaboration.

Technology and Techniques

  • Mordaxus starts a series where he will complain about information security practices with a short didactic on security models.
  • Cathy Nolan reports on the growing use of Internet of Things technology by retailers, as they watch us shop and try to understand (and influence) our behavior.
  • Joe Wynne starts a series on managing robotic process automation projects for CRM applications. The fact that I can type this, you get what it means, and we both treat it as A Thing astounds me to no end.
  • Bill Gates wants us to tax the robots who take human jobs. Even the ones shaped like paper clips? OK, maybe that’s an obscure reference …

Working and the Workplace

  • Brendan Toner touts OneNote as the ultimate tool for blogging (I use it for just about all of my writing and note taking these days).
  • Bertrand Duperrin points to recent studies that found needlessly complex processes kill productivity and reduce employee engagement.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a long list of the small strategies that help her to be efficient in her multiple roles.
  • Lolly Daskal reminds us that time management is only one piece of the productivity and effectiveness puzzle.
  • Lisette Sutherland focuses on maintaining our health when working remotely by being mobile. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 21 – 27

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 21 – 27. And this week’s video: “Weightless,” by Manchester, UK “ambient” band Marconi Union. A study by Mindlab International determined that this song produces a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date: a 65% reduction in overall anxiety and a 35% reduction in usual physiological resting rates. In case of holiday-induced stress …

Must read!

  • Darragh Broderick points out five leadership lessons we can learn from the National Football League.
  • Johanna Rothman provides elegant definitions of iterative and incremental, and how each manages a different type of risk.
  • Seth Godin notes that automation is reducing the difference in cost between custom, on-demand orders and mass-produced products. We’ll need a few adjustments in our management approach to stay in business.

Established Methods

  • Barry Hodge helps us radically transform our status reports by making progress visible.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy posted two more risk management videos, on selecting risk response strategies. Total time just over 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture points out the application of project statistics in “Cost Risk and Uncertainty,” Chapter 14 of the GAO Cost Estimating Manual. Free download!
  • Pat Weaver reports to us on the application of virtual reality and 4D Building Information Modelling to optimize scheduling of activities and resources in construction projects.
  • Harry Hall tutors us on scope risks – how to recognize them, how to manage them.
  • Mike Donoghue puts the focus on gathering and managing requirements.
  • Naomi Caietti explains the details of managing organizational change in projects.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Suketu Nagrecha, Chairman of the Board of the PMI Educational Foundation. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly round-up of Agile articles, blog posts, and other content.
  • Dave Prior discusses “being” Agile, as opposed to “doing” Agile with Jessie Shternshus and Paul Hammond. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Henny Portman bullets the learning objectives of the SAFe 4.0 Scrum Master course.
  • Margaret Kelsey rounds up links to the top five #DesignTalk webinars of 2016, with links to the recordings.

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin identifies the potential sources of conflict in each phase of the project life cycle.
  • Leigh Espy shares a variety of ways to express appreciation to your team and co-workers.
  • Deanne Earle reviews “Leading in a Changing World,” by Keith Coats and Graeme Codrington.
  • Elise Stevens interviews author and organization change management consultant Michelle Gibbings on becoming a more effective influencer. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.

Technology and Techniques

  • Mike Griffiths tutors us on the fine points of creating multiple choice questions (and how to spot the correct answer in poorly written examples).
  • Leyla Acaroglu reviews the two physiological states of being for insights into what motivates change. As it turns out, a little discomfort is a good thing.
  • Jory McKay explains how our brain processes what we’ve read for retention. Yes, how you read makes a difference.

Working and the Workplace

  • Nir Eyal updates us on the current state of the ongoing debunking of ego-depletion, and suggests that there is meaning in our feelings about our work.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports on a study from Germany: switching from a seniority-based system to a merit-based system breeds inter-generational resentment.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Clare McNamara on giving virtual teams the time and space to get to know each other. Just 38 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 7 – 13

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 7 – 13. And this week’s video: CEO of Datameer, Stefan Groschupf, talks about how companies like AirBnB, Uber and SpaceX are taking an Agile, evolutionary approach to data analytics. Just 2 minutes, safe for work.

Must read / view / listen!

  • Michael Hyatt argues that starting your day by eating a frog can help fight procrastination, but starting with the easiest task and working to the most difficult builds confidence.
  • Glen Alleman outlines the Agile Canon, as presented by Daniel R. Greening. This is an excellent depiction of Agile principles in five groups.
  • Jiwat Ram makes the case for compliance projects as strategic, “… as non-compliance could lead to far-reaching implications for business survival and continuity management.”

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin details the five skills you need to manage complex projects. She also explains the difference between difficult and hard projects.
  • Harry Hall covers the basics of requirements management.
  • Momoko McCartney and Edward Hun describe the business analysis operating model, and why you need one.
  • Jason Morio invokes a recent study from Appleseed Partners which found that collaboration is impeded by using multiple tools, rather than relying on One Source of Truth.
  • Anna Murray identifies four common mistakes organizations make in managing software development, and how to prevent them.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly round-up of Agile articles, blog posts, and other content.
  • Danni Friedland explains how to collect actionable UX design data by conducting usability testing.
  • Mike Griffiths tutors us on adding risk management to Agile methods.
  • Dave Prior interviews Troy Magennis on the use of his forecasting tools, which are based on team performance. Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
  • Anand Kedia outlines continuous integration and continuous delivery, shows the benefits of each, and tells how they fit together.
  • Craig Smith interviews Mark Pedersen on the changing role of the tester in ensuring software quality. Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • Neil Potter points out that Scrum teams and coaches need to master the “hard skills” of managing software development.

Applied Leadership

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kristine Hayes Munson on influencing without authority. Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • Michael Lopp describes the effective staff meeting, and when to not bother having it.
  • Bertrand Duperrin puts the gap between the digital employee (and applicant) and the employer in context.

Technology and Techniques

  • Jamie Hale gives a high-level explanation of the language of statistics and why correlation matters even when it isn’t indicative of causation.
  • Matthew Squair provides a lesson (in his Screwtape persona) explaining how the concept of mitigation can be used to help paper over dangerous decisions.
  • Mark Samuels summarizes recommendation from Gartner that should impact the way we approach Big Data projects.
  • Aaron Smith summarizes the top ten tech trends for 2017, as identified by Gartner.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland interview Corey Grusdan of SoFetch about what it takes to work remotely. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Suzanne Lucas reminds us to take our annual vacation before the year runs out.
  • Jory MacKay suggests ways to make your workspace work better for you.

Enjoy!