New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 16 – 22. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Michel Dion advocates for informal communication, as 75% or more of the communication on a project.
Sreenivas Kunapuli describes what might be the first new contract type in decades: the pre-paid staffing model.
Paul Ritchie points out the value of a PMO in mergers and divestitures. Having been through more than a few myself, I agree completely. Established Methods
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Brett Harned on how his project teams use Slack as a communication platform.
Lindsey Patterson reviews the technology and techniques available for maintaining communications with team members working away from the office.
Gina Abudi tells how to handle that rare problem of an overly-engaged project sponsor.
Wanda Curlee briefs us on this year’s PMO symposium in Phoenix, from the perspective of a portfolio manager.
Adam Shostack finds new information security wisdom in a relatively old book: Henry Petroski’s “The Evolution of Useful Things.”
Dave Wakeman explains how to mix innovation in with a structured approach to project management.
Jeff Collins details the steps to close out a project.
Kerry Wills says that action items need a date, so he schedules a meeting to get an update from the person assigned to the action. Agile Methods
Mike Cohn says there is value in the work not assigned. It gives people a chance to step up and lead.
Glen Alleman shares an incredibly long Agile-at-Scale reading list.
Johanna Rothman begins a series: how long are your Scrum iterations?
Bruce Harpham provides a quick introduction to user stories, as a mechanism for identifying requirements.
Derek Huether on choosing an Agile framework: “Look for a framework that looks like a potential organizational end-state.” Applied Leadership
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jack Ferraro on his paper, “Measure Twice, Change Once: Practical Strategies for Change Management.” Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Clayton summarizes recent research into resistance to change.
Colin Ellis says the best thing about project management is “Knowing that you brought a team of people together and collectively created something special.”
Coert Visser observes that letting go of our limiting beliefs is necessary in order to play a positive role in the world.
John Goodpasture has some advice for the introvert attending a conference.
Elise Stevens interviews John Hinwood on stress addiction: “Stress acts in the same brain regions as other addictive substances.” Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 26 – November 1. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. And don’t forget: Thursday, November 5, is International Project Management Day.
Elizabeth Harrin summarizes the changes to the PMP exam, coming in January 2016. The changes reflect the findings of the most recent role delineation survey.
Peter Landau summarizes current trends in the online project management community, from International Project Management Day (November 5) to project leadership. The October 2015 edition of
Women Testers is now available, with articles on everything from mind mapping to stress and work, to the conclusion in their series about testing in the cloud. If you haven’t discovered this great online magazine, it’s time to catch up! Established Methods
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Simona Fallavolita, who manages the PMP certification program, on the changes coming in January. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
Pat Weaver tutors us on the differences between Critical Path Method (CPM) and Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT).
Yasser Mahmud describes a methodology for assessing the maturity level of your PMO, and determining where to make improvements.
Mario Trentim has compiled a different sort of FAQ: Frequently Avoided Questions about PMO’s.
Harry Hall shows us how to complete a stakeholder register. Just four minutes, safe for work.
Ryan Ogilvie tells how to collect feedback, from deciding what you’ll do with it to closing the loop with the people who participated.
Linky van der Merwe takes the pulse of the Accidental Project Manager. Yup, still living…
Kenneth Darter examines the transition to production, or as he puts it,” The art of letting go.” Agile Methods
Pawel Brodzinski suggests a Kanban alternative to limiting work in progress: find the next task by working from right to left, backward from “done.”
Jared Smith shares a web site designer’s point of view on budgeting and estimating.
Mike Cohn on doing without a design phase: “Designers need to think holistically but work incrementally.”
Tom McFarlin contemplates the social nature of a software development team.
Thomas Carney shares a nice history of Scrum, plus links to other articles, resources and reference material. Highly recommended! Applied Leadership
Liane Davey reflects on the delicate balance between “confident, capable, and solution-oriented” and being approachable.
Sarah Hood explains why saying “no” can be good for your career. And it’s not just about opportunity cost.
Art Petty continues his “Next Act” series for us older folks, with an interesting charge: focus on your superpower, meaning what you do best.
Melanie Pinola lists ten “soft skills” and provide links to resources that will help you develop them.
William Guinan tell us how to manage negative emotions.
Richard Lepsinger summarizes recent research into generational differences.
Coert Vissar: “Research suggests that performance goals in education are less effective than mastery goals.”
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 19 – 25. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Seth Godin uses the Boeing 747 as a metaphor for large projects and organizations: as scale increases, gravity takes more of a toll, and everything becomes harder.
Bertrand Duperrin notes that the connected economy, robots, and drones will push our collective acceptance of risk farther than ever.
David Needle summarizes data science iconoclast Nate Silver’s keynote address at the Rich Data Summit. “Big Data has peaked, and that’s a good thing.” Established Methods
Kailash Awati tells a little story about a proof of concept, which proved only that … well, I’ll let him tell you.
Elizabeth Harrin reviews Cesar Abeid’s new book, “Project management For You.”
Henny Portman reviews “Transforming Business with Program Management,” by Satish Subramanian.
John Goodpasture recounts a story about the voice of the customer, where the speaker was a Marine Corps General.
Todd Williams makes a good case for the PMO as a temporary organization – a project, with a specific goal and a time box, rather than a bureaucracy.
Marian Haus argues that scope management is the primary enabler of project success.
Rich Maltzman extracts key understandings from the recent PMI “Pulse of the Profession” report, which reinforces the message in his latest book.
Pat Weaver gives us an overview and a link to the Guild of Project Controls Body of Knowledge.
Nick Pisano editorializes on the U.S. Defense Contract Management Agency.
Phillip Smith describes Kaizen, as applied to a project.
Kerry Wills notes a key similarity between middle school math and project execution. Agile Methods
Joseph Czarnecki contrasts classical and jazz, traditional methods and waterfall, and gets us to consider a mindset.
Kelsey van Haaster gives us a tutorial on Blitz Planning, where the goal is to identify the earliest point at which business value can be delivered.
Glen Alleman puts “classic” risk management in perspective for Agile methods.
Mike Cohn explains why the UX designer is typically looking ahead, to the next sprint and beyond. Applied Leadership
Harry Hall asks five fierce questions, “…to help you identify the deeper things that are limiting your effectiveness.”
Bruce Harpham examines three strategies for earning the right to influence others.
Art Petty coaches us on how to get past a career setback.
Penelope Trunk coaches us on how to answer the three interview questions. Yes, there are only three – they just get asked in different ways.
Elise Stevens interviews Cesar Abeid on his new book, “Project Management For You.” Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
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