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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VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 7 – 13. And this week’s video: David Letterman’s classic photo-identification quiz, “Trump or Monkey?” Four minutes, safe for work.
Mike Griffiths expounds on whether certification should indicate a ceiling or a floor of professional learning, and illustrates his point with historical examples.
Seth Godin explains the difference between confidence and arrogance, when making the case for change.
Lynda Bourne continues her examination of Practical Ethics. “The ethical standards of an organization are set by the actionsof its leaders.” Established Methods
Samad Aidane interviews Suzie Blaszkiewicz, market analyst at GetApp, on their new report: 2016’s Top Project Management Apps.
Elizabeth Harrin interviews CEO, project manager, and entrepreneur Monica Borrell.
Douglas Brown on making process changes stick: “Best practices are a destination, not a starting point.”
Susanne Madsen explains the importance of positive relationships with project stakeholders, and how to develop them.
Brad Egeland offers five ideas for making meetings more productive that probably run counter to other advice you’ve seen.
Harry Hall explains the difference between qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, and offers suggestions on how to improve your approach. Agile Methods
Neil Killick looks for a patch of common ground between #Estimates and #NoEstimates.
Glen Alleman responds to Neil on that common ground between #Estimates and #NoEstimates.
Johanna Rothman posted a four-part series on how Agile approaches influence the way we test, from our expectations to our practices to metrics. Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.
Mike Cohn recommends some alternatives approaches when developing reports that are too complex to deliver in one sprint.
Fernando Paloma Garcia explains how to stabilize quality and prepare to evolve the features of legacy applications by establishing a base of automated tests.
Shashank Sinha describes an example of how Agile methods were applied to the evolution of an enterprise legacy system. Applied Leadership
Art Petty notes that good managers focus on what the people are doing, not just the tasks.
John Goodpasture considers un-delegation, based on the Principle of Subsidiarity.
Nancy Settle-Murphy addresses three questions from her Wall Street Journal interview, on dealing with issues between the remote worker and a problematic boss.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy explains how to develop a project management dream team.
Lisa Earle McLeod extols the virtues of Essentialism, “the disciplined pursuit of Less.” Pot Pouri
Bruce Harpham offers some guidance for making remote work productive.
Brendan Toner shares an eclectic list of techniques for improving productivity.
Yanna Vogiazou gets us up to date on gestural interaction – think Kinect games – and our multi-modal future.
Bertrand Duperrin thinks that the speed of Saas deployment may already exceed the speed at which organizations can change to adopt them.
Dalton Hooper provides some post-interview feedback: why I didn’t hire you, even though you were the most qualified.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 14 – 20. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Kathleen O’Connor interviews Chris Krebs, a social science researcher, on an experiment in fostering innovation in higher education called “The Creative Disruptors.”
Adrian Fittolani details the Monte Carlo approach to prepare a distribution of likely project durations, based on a relatively small number of samples.
William Davis introduces us to Statistical PERT, a technique for creating estimates using Excel. Established Methods
Glen Alleman notes that an understanding of system intangibles is required in order to decompose the work needed to create it.
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Christian Kotzbauer, Managing Director of Genius Project, on the future of project management software.
Bruce Harpham gives us the background and best practices for leading virtual teams.
John Goodpasture reviews General Stanley McChrystal’s new book, “Team of Teams.”
Gina Abudi lists three quick bullet points that can improve how you negotiate with others.
Kerry Wills explains the notion of “watermelon” status reporting: green on the outside, red on the inside. Agile Methods
Johanna Rothman started a series on balancing resource utilization and workflow efficiency. Here are parts two and three; more are on the way.
Michael Smith shares some tips on scaling a software development team, gleaned from Forbes.com.
Bernd Schiffer arms us with 17 questions and 8 techniques for use in a Sprint review.
Pedro Gustavo Torres explains pair programming, and shares some best practices. IT Management
Deloitte CIO Journal has an interesting article on preparing for crisis, as opposed to disaster. It’s not just about natural events, but “nefarious acts.”
Janice Blake details the key considerations when contracting for software as a service (SaaS) projects.
Ron Rosenhead recommends a UK government report from the National Audit Office with some interesting insights into what predicts project success. Work Isn’t a Place You Go
Liane Davey reviews stress: being aware of the impact and dealing with the causes.
Emma Bracy give us the short science explanation for why we need to unplug from our hyper-connected routine.
Peter Saddington notes that we need manage the time we spend learning and experimenting, in light of our limitations.
Karina Keith rounds up three blog posts that make the business case for taking a nap. I’m elderly – I don’t need no stinkin’ business case … Podcasts and Videos
Craig Smith interviews Jeff Patton, author of “User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product.” Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
Harry Hall reviews his recommendations for creating accurate project estimates. Just 2 minutes, safe for work.
Ruairi O’Donnellan shares a list of six TED Talks relevant for project managers. Excellent stuff!
Kamal Ahmed interviews Demis Hassabis, head of Google’s machine learning business. Just two minutes, safe for work, plus some text not included in the video.