New PM Articles for the Week of September 19 – 25

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 19 – 25. And this week’s video: psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness inspires productivity. Just 12 minutes, safe for work, but people will crowd around to see why you’re laughing uncontrollably.

Must read!

  • Mike Clayton describes Kurt Lewin’s Freeze Phases model of organizational change, which is predicated on the notion of driving forces and restraining forces.
  • Esther Derby collates a list of questions that could lead to more effective organizational change, if they were only asked.
  • Ryan Avent scans past the disruptive trends of automation replacing humans to ask the question: what will a world without work be like and how can we make it livable?

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin celebrates ten years of blogging by following up on the best articles from each of those years (and the most popular so far from 2016).
  • Harry Hall tutors us on the management reserve for project budgets.
  • Shuba Kathikeyan summarizes the steps in project cost management, and recommends several good practices for project managers.
  • John Goodpasture makes the counter-case: measuring everything may be more detrimental than no measurements at all.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dave Davis on achieving benefits realization management. Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
  • Brian Livingston describes good, bad, and ugly results of project closeout.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of new articles and posts on Agile topics, from people and teams to frameworks and products.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Lean Machine, which describes how Harley-Davidson adopted lean product development.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his gorilla, Hogarth, explain that Agile coaches are like vampires: they have to be invited in.
  • Christian van Stom describes the motivational retrospective, as way to not just refine a process but develop a desirable culture.
  • Dave Prior interviews Agile Manifesto signer Alistair Cockburn in a long (79 minutes), wide-ranging conversation on consulting, Agile, and lifestyle. Safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Kent Lefner makes a table of the top ten reasons projects fail from a study by PWC and includes key indicators and considerations for each.
  • The Clever PM makes the practical case for limiting the choices we present to both our teams and the executives.
  • Elizabeth McCormick describes the venerable concept of a Mastermind and explains what you can get from being a party to one.
  • Art Petty lays out five ways we can productive work with people we actively dislike.

Technology and Techniques

  • James Kobelius explains how to apply industrial-style discipline to the development of business analytics.
  • Kupe Kupersmith describes Lean Business Analysis, and a way to reduce waste in getting to decisions.
  • Nicholas Malahosky details twelve ways to improve cross-office collaboration.

Working and the Workplace

  • Bertrand Duperrin looks at a modern torture we inflict on ourselves: the notifications from our devices that interrupt us dozens of times a day.
  • Coert Visser examines deep work, (self-) interruptions and attention residue, and the positive impact of brief breaks.
  • Lisette Sutherland wonders whether it’s time for a digital vacation. Less than eight minutes, safe for work, even if you’ve already set up your out of office message.
  • Brendan Toner revisits his task management review for the new version: Droptask2.0.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 12 – 18. And this week’s video: applying insights and techniques derived from recent studies on multi-tasking and ego depletion to improve your productivity. Less than four minutes, safe for work. Tip of the hat to Harry Hall, who shared this.

Must read!

  • Henny Portman advocates for positioning Agile methods as changes to “business as usual,” rather than as changes to the way projects are run.
  • Robin Goldsmith describes the process of determining ROI by discovering the requirements that drive business value and quantifying the intangibles.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy lists six practical risk identification techniques that won’t go over the heads of your project team.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “The Conscious Project Leader,” by Colin Ellis.
  • Lawrence Putnam lays out the case for an enterprise estimation center of excellence.
  • Glen Alleman pulls together his best responses to common #NoEstimates ideas and assertions into a single post.
  • Jiwat Ram analyzes Project Management as a Service, and finds reasons to hesitate.
  • David Cotgreave shares some tips on how to get your IT project approved by the executive suite.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly compilation of new Agile content, from “dark Scrum” to mental models and three jobs for product managers.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Jeremy Willets on applying the introspective mindset to fine-tune the effectiveness of your coaching. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Debashish Ghosh examines the theory and practice of quality assurance in Agile methods.
  • Jake Rocheleau gives us a guided tour of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Get out in front on this, if you’re only compliant with the typical W3C standards.

Applied Leadership

  • Andrew Neitlich provides some pointers on managing the organizational politics that affect your project.
  • Coert Visser describes a strategy for positive communication, based on the reciprocity principle.
  • Liane Davey recommends an approach for preventing a meeting attendee from excessive participation in the conversation. You know: talking too much.
  • Art Petty decries the value-deficient leadership recently displayed at some organizations: win at all costs, ethics be damned. Don’t work for these people, ever.
  • Belle B. Cooper explains the mentoring relationship, why both parties benefit, and how to find your own mentee.
  • Seth Godin asserts that professionals will push back because they have standards.

Technology and Techniques

  • Alex Handy reports from the GitHub Universe conference that project management features are being added to the most widely-used source code management platform.
  • Jay Donovan reports on Kinetise, a platform that creates native apps for iOS and Android using a drag and drop interface. Enterprise “citizen developers” are creating their own apps!
  • Monica Yoo debunks three common myths about security in cloud applications and environments.
  • Bas de Baat gets us up to date on the potential application of AI pattern recognition techniques to some of the more routine project management tasks.

Working and the Workplace

  • Brendan Toner reviews MarginNote Pro, a fantastic iOS app for annotating PDF and eBook documents.
  • Karina Keith curates a list of tips to stay productive when working from home.
  • Suzanne Lucas lists nine gadgets everyone who works from home needs to invest in.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Alison Krauss and Union Station performing “Gravity” on Austin City Limits. I’m writing this in the kitchen of the house I left at 17, and this song just seemed to fit the mood.

Must read!

  • Pawel Brodzinski presents the case for empathy and respect as the core competencies for successful teams.
  • Michael Lopp provides a detailed tutorial on how to recruit the best people for your team. You just have to be willing to spend up to 50% of your time on it.
  • Mike Cohn asks (and explores a complex answer to): What is a product?

Established Methods

  • Olivier Cothenet lists ten “lies” common to failing projects reporting a green status.
  • Kerry Wills makes a point about reporting project status in the context of the associated milestones.
  • Mike Griffiths notes that the output of the certification process includes more than simply a certification.
  • Laura Barnard advocates taking an hour each day to reflect, plan, manage, and make progress on improving your productivity.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers shares his weekly Food for Thought Agile content round-up.
  • Dave Prior interviews Lyssa Adkins on the role of Agilists as agents of social revolution. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
  • Johanna Rothman describes three ways to size defect fixes.
  • Alex DiPasquale explains how the definition of done is the right place document compliance with the corporate software development life cycle.

Applied Leadership

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Bruce Harpham, who describes ways to make virtual work more productive. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lisette Sutherland tells us how to “take the temperature” of our virtual team. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy and Lynette Van Steinburg help us self-diagnose: am I the weakest link in my virtual team?
  • Ravindra Wankar shares some techniques for brainstorming with a remote team.
  • Art Petty points out a “pure” leadership model, practiced by those who lead in dangerous situations: first responders and warriors.
  • Suzanne Lucas explains why Millenials struggle as managers (because they’re young) and how they might become the best managers ever.

Technology and Techniques

  • Jon Pilkington explains the use case for combining self-service with self-service data preparation.
  • Adam Shostack contemplates the use of diagrams in software analysis for threat modeling.
  • Ryan Hewitt describes the “How Might We” technique for group brainstorming.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on the Perceptual Positions technique for understanding other points of view, as originated by John Grinder and Judith DeLozier.

Working and the Workplace

  • The Clever PM describes a strategy for how to spend your first 90 days as a product manager (or in any other role).
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews The Lazy Project Manager, Peter Taylor, for her “This Is How I Work” series.
  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on meeting management techniques.
  • Brendan Toner follows up his review of Todoist for Windows with a review of the $29 / year Android version.

Enjoy!