New PM Articles for the Week of May 11 – 17

Decision SignNew project management articles published on the web during the week of May 11 – 17. Our theme this week is decision-making. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Seth Godin lays out the precepts of decision hygiene – improving your ability to be decisive by clearing away the clutter that slows down decision-making.
  • Paul Ritchie frames the new requirements for PMP continuing education in terms of what happens when “technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise” are absent.
  • Kailash Awati and Simon Buckingham Shum look at the metaphors that drive our understanding of technology, especially Big Data.

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman points out key differences between two probability-based forecasting approaches: Bootstrapping and Monte Carlo Simulation.
  • Peter Tarhanidis promotes the basics of establishing a decision-making process.
  • Bruce Harpham provides his analysis of the new PMP continuing education requirements.
  • Henny Portman explores ways to apply the concept of organizational energy to project portfolio management.
  • Bart Gerardi begins a series on organizational agility – what it is, the forces driving it, and the defining characteristics of an agile organization.
  • Gina Abudi introduces a series of case studies that demonstrate how to convert change resistors into change champions.
  • Ryan Ogilvie disputes the old saying, “Good, fast, or cheap – pick any two.” We need to find the appropriate balance between the three.
  • Fintan Manning notes five exciting improvements coming in Microsoft Project 2016.
  • Kerry Wills gives us a preview of his latest book, “Assessing IT Projects,” due in June.

Agile Methods

  • John Goodpasture considers where verification and validation fit in to Agile practices.
  • Mike Cohn gives us a nice explanation of that time-boxed research activity known as a spike.
  • Gil Broza explains the Agile concept of deferring decisions, and some related decision-making principles.
  • Kelsey van Haaster looks at the way that the growing complexity of Agile practices has brought us away from Agile principles.

Management without the Pointy Hair

  • Mike Griffiths identifies the counter-productive attributes of open space offices, co-location, and “managing by walking around.”
  • Pawel Brodzinski explains why he wants more women on his development team. Entirely aside from the fact that they constitute more than 50% of the population …
  • Allen Ruddock details the process of hiring the right project manager, from strategy to tactics.
  • Harry Hall recalls a “project superhero” who might have done more long-term harm to the organization than short-term good.
  • Bruce Benson shares what he learned about setting goals from not finishing his first two marathons.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her daily video diary from the PMI Global Congress EMEA in London. Three parts (links to the other days on the page), 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Mike Cohn following his keynote for the recent Scrum Gathering, on being open to admit you might be wrong. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Profess Stephen Wearne on managing urgent projects. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith interviews Ian Jones and Korrine Jones at the LEADit service management conference in Melbourne. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 30 – April 5

SightseersNew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 30 – April 5. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Seth Godin takes a systems-level view of the cost of panic. “Systems under severe stress degrade.” I don’t care what else you do today, read this.
  • Lynda Bourne gives an overview of the Salience Model of stakeholder assessment, which balances power, urgency, and legitimacy.
  • Coert Visser confirms what parents of teenagers have long suspected: demanding compliance is counter-productive.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a graphic prepared by the KeyedIn Projects blog team, after a recent chat. If the Boss’s hair were more pointy, it would be a Dilbert cartoon.
  • Glen Alleman ties together some of the thoughts in his recent posts on making decisions in the presence of uncertainty.
  • John Goodpasture conducts a cost / benefit analysis of a new insurance product, and when it makes sense to transfer risk.
  • Harry Hall lists some of the ways we fail to ensure our projects meet quality requirements.
  • Wanda Curlee considers ways in which the CEO can use portfolio management to drive the organization in a desired direction.
  • Johanna Rothman presents an example of how to present your personal workload as a response to add to your queue.
  • Ryan Ogilvie conducts an analysis of comments posted to a problem management product website, and uncovers some trends.
  • Dan Furlong concludes his series on preparing for and facilitating meetings.
  • Charmaine Richman lists some guidelines for preparing and conducting conference calls.

Agile Methods

  • Projects At Work shares the results of the ninth annual State of Agile survey from VersionOne.
  • Emanuele Passera gets us ready for swimming season, with a demonstration of how to use story points for estimation.
  • Mike Cohn notes that transparency is the ideal when sharing details from a retrospective, but there are legitimate exceptions.
  • Jesse Fewell shares his retrospective from his first full year as an independent Agile coach and trainer.
  • Deepak Joshi identifies roadblocks to building cross-functional teams.

Leading

  • Michael Lopp identifies two leadership strengths that are more common in introverts.
  • Bruce Harpham reviews the most basic, most effective, and most frequently overlooked behavioral motivator – showing appreciation.
  • Michel Dion reviews Susanne Madsen’s book, “The Power of Project Leadership.”

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews engineering-and-hard-science project management master Glen Alleman. Just over an hour, worth every minutes, and safe for work.
  • Sven Johann and Eberhard Wolff define technical debt and discuss alternative approaches to managing it. Just 57 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 16 – 22

Green BalloonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 16 – 22. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Mike Griffiths rounds up a number of high-profile projects from the last few decades, and considers whether they or not they were successful.
  • Jason Bloomberg gives us an overview of cognitive computing, from the perspective of how it can deliver value.
  • Tony Adams quotes Friedrich Neitzsche on why people don’t want to hear the truth, and explains how to deliver bad news, anyway.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Michel Dion on his new book, “The Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers.”
  • Rich Maltzman notes the growing interest in sustainability as a project success metric.
  • Bruce Harpham shares a few thoughts (and some research) on improving quality.
  • Nick Pisano continues our dialog on mining information from mountains of project management data, with a look at the influence of software packages on opinions.
  • Brad Egeland has some thoughts on what you need to be successful as a remote project manager.
  • Jerry Johns takes an applied physics approach to keeping his project in balance.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, expound on the virtues of looking in the direction we want to go.
  • Steven Levy uses a picture of a man on a bicycle pursued by bear as a jumping-off point for a rumination on project management as a team sport.
  • Michel Dion provides a tutorial on how to talk with senior management.
  • Henny Portman reviews a new book by Hannan, Müller, and Robinson, “The CIO’s Guide to Breakthrough Project Portfolio Performance.”
  • Ryan Ogilvie gets practical, with customer service survey questions that need fine-tuning.

Agile Methods

  • Glen Alleman analyzes Jim Benson’s five estimating pathologies and suggests some corrective actions.
  • Neil Killick recaps the five estimating pathologies listed by Jim Benson, and adds a fifth – accepting the request without asking any questions.
  • Mahfoud Amiour prroposes a new Agile metric: SPOC, or story point cost.

 Soft Skills

  • Hendrie Weisinger continues his series of articles based on his new book, “Performing Under Pressure,” with a look at the positive effects of enthusiasm.
  • Michael Smith on hiring coders: “85% of a programmer’s success is due to human factors rather than pure technical skills.”
  • Suzanne Lucas notes that leaders set the pace with their example, and by communicating clear expectations.
  • Dan Furlong explores the elusive notion of “presence,” and shows why it’s important.
  • Sandy Geroux explains the difference between being accountable and taking ownership.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Doug Hong on his seven free tutorials for managing projects with Microsoft Excel. Just 27 minutes, safe for work, and highly recommended.
  • Jacob Morgan interviews Rich Carpenter on the intersection of the industrial internet, data science, and the future of work. One hour, safe for work.
  • Renee and Craig interview Henrik Kniberg at Scum Australia, where he delivered the keynote. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!