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!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 9 – 15

Red BalloonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 9 – 15. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Suzanne Lucas interprets recent research by a developmental psychologist, which identified seven critical skills that are necessary for you to become a successful boss.
  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes the four primary styles used in giving feedback, as detailed in Anna Carroll’s book, “The Feedback Imperative.”
  • Elizabeth Booker gives us a tutorial on procurement administrative lead time. Ever had a project start delayed because a lawyer was reviewing terms and conditions? Yup, that stuff.

PM Best Practices

  • Stephen Brobst says the interesting thing about Big Data isn’t Bigness, but the way structure and demand continuously evolves.
  • Glen Alleman observes that using a Fibonacci series for estimating adds no more certainty to the process than you’d get from using a geometric series.
  • Paul Ritchie explains what is required for an R&D-centered organization to get the most value from their PMO.
  • Ronald Bisaccia reviews the evidence: why women tend to be better at assessing and managing risks than men. Ummm … testosterone rots the brain?
  • Nick Pisano reports on efforts to standardize representations of historical data from past projects, in support of management reporting and better estimates.
  • David Cotgreave points out that some of the project manage predictions for 2015 have already materialized.
  • Toby Elwin finds project management lessons in the work of Led Zeppelin. “There’s a sponsor who’s sure all that glitters is gold, and she’s thinks she’s bought a stairway to Heaven.”
  • Ryan Ogilvie presents an example of how to apply problem management principles to IT service delivery.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jonathan Herbert, who inspired him to create his podcast, on lessons learned in preparing for the PMP exam. Just 51 minutes, safe for work.

 Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn notes that we need to account for three types of time when planning a Sprint.
  • John Goodpasture gives us a quick excerpt from the upcoming 2nd edition of his classic, “Project Management the Agile Way.”
  • William Nocolich says that indecision is responsible for much of the high failure rate of software development projects.
  • Andrew Lin pulls together some rules of thumb, rubrics, and generalized principles that pertain to Agile and Scrum.
  • Derek Huether takes a personality assessment, and his wife confirms the diagnosis. We’re not as unique as our fingerprints would lead us to believe …

 Soft Skills

  • Bruce Harpham gives us a history lesson on George Washington – who knew he was a life-hacker?
  • Kevin Coleman articulates the long-term effects of the loss of intellectual capital and experience, as the Boomers retire.
  • Hendrie Weisinger recommends creating attainable goals and celebrating small wins – call them micro-successes.
  • Mario Trentim looks at conducting a stakeholder analysis from the perspective of the stakeholder.
  • Ron Rosenhead recounts a PM student’s tale of failing to identify a key stakeholder, and the $200 million fine that eventually resulted.

Enjoy!