New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 28 – October 4. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Peter Gray summarizes the declining emotional maturity and resilience among college students, manifesting as an inability to handle setbacks and an escalating demand for services.
Esther Derby recently reflected on best practices for Agile, and selected seven to share with us. Note: these aren’t just Agile practices, but approaches to problem-solving.
Lisa McLeod analyzes the Volkswagen emission spoofing scandal, as a proactive deception driven by the CEO’s goals for the company, rather than adding customer value. Established Methods
Todd Williams points out the pitfalls in organizational change management.
Philip Smith notes that that hard part, in these times of rapid change, is making change “stick.”
Allen Ruddock argues that the key to a successful project is communicating to the stakeholders what’s at stake for them – “What’s in it for me?”
Harry Hall lists nine ways to start a new project, in order to avoid being behind at the point of 15% completion.
Dhan Wa says we’re in the midst of a generational change in the practice of project management.
Bruce Harpham explains how to grow your internal network, and why you should.
Vivek Prakash reports on how the team that translated the PMBOK 5 th Edition into Hindi set ground rules for handling disagreement, to meet their project schedule.
Glen Alleman explores the unmyths of project duration estimating.
Rich Maltzman makes the link between assumptions and risks, and then trots out an example from fish biology to illustrate his point.
John Goodpasture identifies some of the crucial innovations that arose from the American Civil War and World War II. Agile Methods
Gil Broza gives us the “why” of working in iterations.
Mike Cohn wants to see the Scrum coaches and trainers shift their thinking, to grow the community rather than solidify their market share.
Jaap Dekkinga lists six levels of “doneness” that should be considered in Agile planning.
Jenny Brown notes some of the organizational challenges that can inhibit the adoption of Lean / Six Sigma methods. Applied Leadership
Peter Saddington does a review of recent research into leadership and employee engagement, and finds evidence that we should be leading from the heart.
Art Petty reports on the lessons he learned from delivering two leadership workshops for the Alabama Jail Association. Leading in dangerous situations amplifies success and failure.
Tom McFarlin shares his professional approach to dealing with business relationships gone sour. Podcasts and Videos
Elizabeth Harrin addresses questions about online project management training and the level of difficulty of the PMP exam. Just three minutes, safe for work.
Alena Kuzniatsova recommends a video from the Agile2015 Conference: a panel discussion on adopting Agile methods. Just over an hour, safe for work.
Jesse Fewell shares two brief videos, on #NoEstimates and virtual collaboration. A total of 13 minutes, safe for work.
Elise Stevens interviews Amany Nuseibeh on the need for project managers to live the PMI Code of Ethics. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
Ruairi O’Donnellan shares a funny short video on eliminating risk. Less than two minutes, and safe for work as long as you use the enclosed stand.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 21 – 27. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Kevin Coleman identifies five technologies that will drive a trillion dollars in spending by 2020. Just the Internet of Things and 3D Printing are enough to revolutionize entire industries.
Jinesh Parekh describes microservices, an emerging architecture model for software development that leverages language-independent API’s. Picture a network of black boxes …
Bertrand Duperrin decries the triumph of “content” over “information,” and the abandonment of journalism in favor of attracting attention. Clicks rule? Not for the audience! Established Methods
Elizabeth Harrin reports the results of her survey on how we use collaboration tools.
Nick Pisano suggests a framework for better project metrics and indicators, using direct and indirect measurements.
John Goodpasture summarizes four “big ideas” or movements in product and process quality in a Slideshare presentation.
Steven Levy introduces a series on “failure plans” with a great example: Bruce Springsteen’s concert sound system.
Glen Alleman provides an overview of software engineering economics. Agile Methods
Neil Killick tries to find the common ground between the #NoEstimates advocates and the folks who insist that estimates are needed. Johanna Rothman concludes her series on balancing resource efficiency and flow efficiency, with parts
4 and 5.
Mike Cohn notes that upfront analysis and design is like insurance: the trick is to buy just enough to avoid excess re-work.
Pankaj Srivastava explains the fundamentals of test-driven development.
Alena Kuzniatsova shows an online Ishikawa diagram used to facilitate brainstorming in meetings and retrospectives. You might know it as a fishbone diagram or mind map.
Derek Huether shares a link to the Leankit Lean Business Report Survey. A little benchmarking is a good thing! IT Management
Shim Marom criticizes the way companies in Australia are using temporary work visas to keep labor costs low.
Kerry Wills proposes a practical manifesto, principles to consider when implementing any methodology.
Ryan Ogilvie examines an opportunity: actively managing constraints. We manage risks and issues, don’t we?
Rob England points out that all software eventually becomes a legacy system, and once it does, agility will no longer be a value-add. Work Isn’t a Place You Go
Suzanne Lucas suggests some strategies for working with people you dislike.
Bruce Harpham outlines the process to onboard yourself in five days.
Michael Girdler recommends we focus on our health, in order to maximize our productivity.
Art Petty starts a new series on career advice for us over-50 leaders. “ How do I detox from my 30-plus years of corporate life and regain my energy, fitness and sense of adventure?” Podcasts
Elise Stevens interviews John Hinwood on why we should embrace excellence, rather than perfectionism. Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dr. Emad Rahim, on the value of becoming a thought leader in project manager. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 31 – September 6. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Julie Bort summarizes the myths and science of lies, liars, and a few ways to identify when someone is hiding something.
Scott Adams lists some of the “tells,” or involuntary actions, for cognitive dissonance, the human reaction to facts that conflict with one’s beliefs. Be careful, because you won’t be able to un-read this.
Coert Visser describes a 2 by 2 matrix, modest /arrogant and ignorant / knowledgeable, and suggests some strategies for dealing with the arrogant-yet-ignorant state of mind. Established Methods
Moira Alexander shares her strategic alignment checklist for project managers, because it’s not just about being on schedule, on budget, and on the quality target.
Gary Nelson uses a woodworking metaphor for getting a project completed without cutting corners (or sanding them off).
Phil Weinzimer reflects on his interviews of Proctor and Gamble’s CIO, Filippo Passerini, who was so impressive that he rates an entire chapter in Phil’s new book.
Glen Alleman makes the case for using source lines of code as a measure of system and project performance. And in response,
Nick Pisano argues the case against using SLOC as a measure of performance. I agree with Nick on this one.
Matthew Squair looks at technical debt through his safety engineering and risk management lens.
BrenDt imagines the perfect project management tool; it’s just not commercially available, yet.
Kathleen O’Connor interviews Brian Manning, co-founder of Centric Digital, on the balance between project management and creativity.
Parag Tipnis finds the intersection of scope management and stakeholder management, where diplomacy is required to keep perfection from preventing progress.
Neel Patel reports on what the AI and security communities say about the prospect of software beating hackers in the near term: not likely. Agile Methods
Pawel Brodzinski explains the effect that the Zeigarnik Effect has on context switching – one more reason to limit work in progress.
John Goodpasture notes with approval the role of the enterprise architect in Disciplined Agile Delivery.
Mike Cohn makes the case for budgeting, as an alternative for teams that don’t feel capable of estimating well.
Neil Killick argues for product management, as a long-term replacement for project, program, and portfolio management. He didn’t convince me, but it’s worth a read. Work Isn’t a Place You Go
Alia Crum and Thomas Crum describe a three-step process for leveraging stress.
Michael Lopp wakes up in a panic at 4:00 AM to review his deadlines, work in progress, and commitments. Time to delegate! Well, after everyone else is in the office…
Bruce Harpham interviews podcaster Jeff Sanders, who focuses on early mornings, productivity, healthy habits, and personal development.
Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Growing Software: Proven Strategies for Managing Software Engineers,” by Louis Testa.
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