New PM Articles for the Week of June 20 – 26

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 20 – 26. And this week’s video: a short cartoon on the nature of resistance to change as a failure to communicate. Just six minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Craig Brown makes the counter-argument to the #NoProjects meme. Apparently, this is a thing in certain programmer circles.
  • Glen Alleman uses bicycle riding as a metaphor for the balance between control and stability, risk management and execution.
  • Katie Rogers reports on the rapid adoption of covering laptop cameras with a piece of tape – notably, by Mark Zuckerberg and the head of the FBI. Maybe we should, too.

Established Methods

  • Michel Dion explains why it is so important for the customer to understand the process used to manage the project.
  • Harry Hall tutors us on how to create a project summary we can deliver in under 60 seconds.
  • Ruth Zive describes the best practices to achieve an auditable project when working in a regulated business environment.
  • John Goodpasture considers the inherent limitations of the qualitative risk matrix, in detail.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Trish Sutter on facilitating innovation in project processes. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Brent Dykes notes that it is more common to question data that doesn’t support our beliefs than it is to question the assumptions behind our beliefs.

Agile Methods

  • Pawel Brodzinski contemplates the idea of “value for money.”
  • Johanna Rothman writes about the nature of the product owner role: the PO is the center of organizational “learning” about the product. Part 2 and 3.
  • The Clever PM reminds us that the Product Manager is not the User – you are a conduit for ideas to be considered for implementation.
  • Dave Prior interviews Roman Pichler on his new book: “Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age.” Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristin Hillery interviews Sean Landry, creative director at TripAdvisor, who asserts that autonomy breeds ownership.
  • Mike Cohn lists both incentives and deterrents that can help your daily Scrums to start on time.
  • Paul Carvalho looks at the application of mind mapping techniques to facilitate software testing.
  • Sourav Singla describes his approach to a common XP technique: he calls it “confined pair programming.”

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Penny Pullan about her new book, “Virtual Leadership.” Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Liane Davey makes the case for an inclusive approach to implementing strategy through projects.
  • Danielle Koehler continues her interview series with Gail Rolls with a conversation on the value of team-building activities.
  • Suzanne Lucas lists some of the interview questions that candidates really want you to ask. Like, “What’s the difference between a ’rounding error’ and a cost overrun?”
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Peter Wilson on what the hiring and onboarding process looks like for an offshore team. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pouri

  • Lindsay Patterson tells the story of NUMMI, a joint venture that helped General Motors absorb Toyota’s culture of quality.
  • Greg Schultz reminds us that the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free will expire on July 29, 2016.
  • Hanh Nguyen has collected images of 32 T-shirts you’d be proud to wear to any IT geek conference. But probably not your high school reunion.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 30 – June 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 30 – June 5. And this week’s video: A parody of lousy incident management, “BP Spills Coffee.” Three minutes, not safe for work (especially if you work at BP or Haliburton).

Must read!

  • Fadi Shawtah describes political risk management for cross-border operations, which includes exposure to everything from currency risk to sovereign risk, to transfer risk.
  • Michael Kassner quotes Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, on vulnerability management: “They’re going to get in. Get over it.” Focus on managing consequences!
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy addresses techniques for preventing culture clashes for “mixed” teams, after a merger.

Established Methods

  • Deb Schaeffer demonstrates how to get a better status on project activities by asking additional questions.
  • John Goodpasture walks us through the project balance sheet. Not a financial view, but a way to show how resources are being allocated to accomplish project goals.
  • Coert Visser explains the “circle technique,” a white board and Post-It Notes approach to analyzing goals, progress already made, and actions still required.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Fernando Remolina, who explains how to create a work breakdown structure. Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through the steps to use the WBS efficiently.
  • Jody Markopoulos describes GE’s new approach, “Contemporary project management.”

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn describes a simple way to get a shared understanding of the level of effort represented by a story point before the team plays planning poker.
  • Johanna Rothman introduces the concept of Rubber Duck Debugging, which is explaining a problem to someone who doesn’t understand it and isn’t in management.
  • Muhammed Irfan Azam explains how Clear Code Day can put the focus on the Scrum team, rather than the ScrumMaster of product owner.
  • Bob Tarne describes the “sponsored user” – someone assigned to the development team when you need to hear the voice of the customer at all times.
  • Samantha Webb introduces the #pubretro movement, not necessarily because you should be drinking, but because getting out of the office might make all the difference.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Jason Womack, author of “Get Momentum.” Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tony Ponton and Craig Smith interview James Shore, author of “The Art of Agile Development.” Just 43 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty explores the Least Bad Option – which usually involves exposing the decision maker to greater risk.
  • David Bicknell excerpts a few examples from “The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management,” by Jim Johnson.
  • Seth Godin says reading more blogs will help us become “smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on.” If you are reading this, you agree.
  • Peter Landau posts the annual ProjectManager.com roundup of the best project management and leadership blogs.

See Tech Like an Exec

  • Mary Shacklett bullet points the critical considerations for running an internet of things project.
  • Tara Seals trots out some sobering statistics: information security issues are slowing or halting the majority of Big Data projects.
  • George Leopold reports on the next big constraint for Big Data: legal hassles, like the recent tussle between Apple and the FBI.
  • Jesus Rodriguez reports on the business side of artificial intelligence – not the applications, but the race to secure market share and future profits.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 23 – 29. And this week’s video: a satire of television news from The Onion. Two minutes, completely unsafe for work, and absolutely hysterical. Television journalism is to journalism as television personality is to personality.

Must read (and hear)!

  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Leslie Truex, who has been blogging about working from home for nearly twenty years. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Larissa Scordato, Patrice Colanecco Embry, Tera Caldwell Simon, and Natalie Warnert on gender bias in project management. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Tricia van der Grient interviews Anders Ericsson on his new book, “Peak,” and the science behind developing expertise.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin tells us how to manage roles and responsibilities using the RACI chart and it’s sibling, the RASCI chart.
  • Ryan Ogilvie explains how to select metrics that are meaningful to business operations, and use them to optimize IT service delivery.
  • John Goodpasture finds project management lessons in the work and design approach of esteemed architect Frank Gehry.
  • Magnus Doll polled a number of project managers on line, asking them to identify the hurdles they commonly encounter. Here he summarizes each of them.
  • Ken Ashe tutors us on the Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy gets into the detail of a software development WBS.
  • Rob England links the Cynefin model of complexity and knowledge to the need to experiment, resulting in what he refers to as Noble Failures.

Agile Methods

  • The Clever PM explains how the product manager should work with the sales folks to get the best results for both Development and Sales.
  • Johanna Rothman examines an organizational case where Agile is just … wrong.
  • Mike Griffiths continues his assessment of Bimodal IT with a concept from Jim Collins, “The Genius of the AND.”
  • Esther Derby shares the key bullet points from her keynote at Big Apple Scrum, as captured by one of the attendees.
  • Derek Huether wants to distinguish between Work in Process and Work in Progress.
  • Srividya Natarajan explains how her distributed Scrum team was organized to maximize delivered value.

Applied Leadership

  • Scott Berkun gives us the short version of how to be a better public speaker. Considering he wrote an entire book on the subject, this is definitely short.
  • Elise Stevens has rounded up six resources to help you improve your delegation skills.
  • Liane Davey begins a three-part series on transitioning a team to new leadership by looking at the good and bad reasons to want to succeed your boss.
  • Bruce Harpham introduces us to job shadowing, as a technique to improve job mobility within the organization. Retention depends on job satisfaction and growth.
  • Susanne Madsen tutors us on becoming proactive project managers.
  • Seth Godin looks at the economics of being proactive.

Balloon May 2016Project Risk Management

  • Harry Hall distinguishes between threats and issues and how each should be tracked.
  • David Hillson follows up on his risk facilitator article by mapping each facilitation style to common risk identification techniques.
  • Cornelius Fichtner presents a free project risk management PDF eBook by Dr. Jim Young, “Managing Murphy.” Just 6 minutes, safe for work.

The folks in this balloon have the right idea – we waved at each other as they floated by our house. Enjoy the holiday weekend!