New PM Articles for the Week of February 16 – 22

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

Must read!

  • The MIT Technology Review gets us caught up on recent advances in computer recognition of faces and other three-dimensional objects.
  • Mike Griffiths analyzes the growth of the various PMI professional credentials over the last ten years. The trends are interesting.
  • Kristin Yang uses animated gifs to show how she spends her day as a software development project manager. Because it’s not all Dilbert scenarios.

PM Best Practices

  • John Goodpasture reports on a recent exercise that demonstrated the value of letting small teams self-organize to solve a problem.
  • Harry Hall notes that a project’s greatest exposure to risk lies at the beginning, and suggests steps to reduce that exposure.
  • Nick Pisano explains why fast-tracking a project also involves taking on additional risks and accepting more waste.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Susanne Madsen on the subject of her new book: “The Power of Project Leadership.”
  • Glen Alleman hacks away the Agilista pop-culture crap to get to a more rigorous definition of self-organizing.
  • Kerry Wills analyzes the spectrum of yellow that falls between Green and Red in our status reports.

Agile Methods

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Michael Smith on the concepts and practice of conscious software development. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Paul Ritchie gives us his summary of PMI’s “Pule of the Profession” report, and their findings on how high-performing project management organizations are more agile.
  • Mike Cohn is a firm proponent of a “definition of done,” but points out that there are cases where teams benefit from defining different levels of done.
  • Neil Killick examines a Twittersphere Scrum controversy, and suggests that the case in point misses an opportunity to investigate the underlying problem.
  • Derek Huether notes that even a co-located team needs a process framework and a communication tool.
  • Bart Gerardi makes the case for including the entire team in preparing estimates.
  • Pawel Brodzinski rolls out an interesting estimation and planning tool: No Bullshit Estimation Cards. Yeah, I got yer Fibonacci, right here …
  • Sumit Sharma makes the point that the product backlog isn’t just prioritized, but ordered.

Soft Skills

  • Cesar Abeid interviews writer, speaker, and podcaster Mike Vardy on his minimalist approach to personal productivity. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham gets into the why and how of self-motivation.
  • Gina Abudi lists our bullets for practices that will help us improve our concentration by screening out distractions.
  • Michael Lopp shares his non-judgmental take on the behaviors you’ll likely see in a conversation.
  • Bruce Benson tells us how he responds when a colleague announces that he’s leaving for another opportunity.
  • Tracey Richardson and colleagues report on their research into how project managers got into the profession. Mostly, by accident.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 9 – 15

Elephant in the RoomNew project management articles published on the web during the week of February 9 – 15. We give you what you need to talk about the elephant in the room. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Hamza Shaban looks at the potential for the Internet of Things to kill personal privacy over the next few years.
  • Doug Laney of Gartner Group shares three Big Data trends that predict for how we’ll apply business intelligence over the next few years.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, give us the run-down on how to prepare for your next unanticipated job search.

PM Best Practices

  • Wanda Curlee gives us a quick overview of project portfolio management, as a practice and as a career.
  • PMI has published the results of their annual Pulse of the Profession survey, “Capturing the Value of Project Management.”
  • Beth Ouellette looks back at her experience in helping to birth PMI’s latest credential: the PMI Professional in Business Analysis.
  • Joachim Ahlstrom shares some recommendations for those thinking of implementing a continuous improvement process in their organization.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Jack Riso’s new iBook, “Ace the PMP Exam.”
  • Andy Jordan reflects on his recent consulting experience, helping an organization focused on operations, rather than projects, build a PMO.
  • Glen Alleman shares some authoritative sources of reference class data for IT projects, for developing your next set of estimates.
  • Harry Hall presents a short video on evaluating risks with expected monetary value analysis. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nick Pisano continues his look at using data from multiple sources to improve our ability to manage projects.

Agile Methods

  • Michael Dubakov shares his practical experience in implementing the concepts of Minimum Viable Feature and Minimum Marketable Feature.
  • John Goodpasture considers a conundrum – fidelity to user expectations, or fidelity to user specifications?
  • Neil Killick gives a detailed view of how he manages the inception of a project.
  • Venkat Krishnamurthy invokes the “Ikea Effect” to make the point that Scrum teams benefit from having dedicated testers.

Soft Skills

  • Johanna Rothman explains how to create an environment where everyone on the team can lead.
  • Pawel Brodzinski give his take on participatory leadership and decision-making.
  • Bruce Harpham makes the case for humility, as a vehicle to improve your effectiveness.
  • Randy Hall looks at the mechanics of how we break old habits. Especially old leadership habits.
  • Bertrand Duperrin believes that using the web as a way to access information is about to become passé.
  • Paul Ritchie makes a point about why practice is so important, using the last big play of Super Bowl 49 as an example. Guys, we need to move on …
  • Peter Saddington condenses a few key points about how really smart people think, from Michael Michalko’s book, “Creative Tinkering.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 2 – 8

Just OverheadNew project management articles published on the web during the week of February 2 – 8. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Erik Sofge canvasses AI researchers to see if there is any potential for malevolent super-intelligent machines. Isn’t this like asking Henry Ford if he’s worried about climate change?
  • Cynthia Zieman details the project management plan, which is not the same thing as the project plan.
  • Margaret Meloni argues for maintaining a high profile when working remotely. Just two minutes, safe for work.

PM Best Practices

  • Howard Baldwin ignores the hand-wringing failures sagas and seeks out stories from big-data projects that seem to have succeeded.
  • Michel Dion believes that the way to manage complexity is to have a flexible model that will guide monitoring your project’s health.
  • Stacey Barr suggests an approach to measuring results, rather than just activity.
  • Michael Wood proposes a structured approach to measuring the quality of the project management process.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reports from the Women in Technology Awards banquet in London.
  • John Goodpasture distinguishes between organizational change and organizational transformation.
  • Allen Ruddock notes that “best practices” for the PMO are only valuable if tailored to the needs of the organization.
  • Glen Alleman give a couple of examples of value at risk modeling.
  • Andy Jordan covers the basics of how a project manager should get to know the people on her project.
  • Ryan Ogilvie uses a football metaphor for service delivery.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman is so over the cone of uncertainty for software development estimation.
  • Ron Jeffries offers his thoughts on estimating software projects.
  • Amit Sarkar considers the importance of release planning in making Agile methods successful.

Soft Skills

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Matthew Turner on what he learned in writing his new book, “Successful Mistake.” Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin channels Maslow, constructing a Productivity Pyramid.
  • Cheri Baker tells us how to apply first aid for the psychological wounds suffered by teams, at the hands of abusive managers.
  • Coert Visser shares an anecdote about the challenge of helping a manager clearly communicate their expectations to the team.
  • Bertrand Duperrin says that Big Data, natural language process, and other advanced techniques might not change recruiting (and resume processing) as much as we think.
  • Scott Berkun extracts two key paragraphs about limited value of expert opinion, from an unclassified CIA study.
  • Mark Phillips expands on a criticism by George Orwell, of writers who use catch phrases and buzz words to express themselves – and do it poorly. PM’s take heed!
  • Nick Pisano explores the potential for a not invented here mindset to affect projects, organizations, and even entire societies.

Enjoy!