VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of January 25 – 31. And this week’s video, in memory of Paul Kantner, who passed away on January 28: Wooden Ships, live in 1988.
Corinne Purtill reports on a new study that indicates high-powered individuals working in a group can be less effective than a second-tier team. They spend as much energy on competition as on collaboration.
Esther Derby tells us how to collect and present both quantitative and qualitative data and present it for use in problem-solving meetings. This article is a keeper!
Ian Whittingham helps us apply attentiveness principles and an understanding of our cognitive biases in order to improve our information gathering. Established Methods
Debasis Roy proposes adding task importance as a weight to measuring progress against our project plan.
Lynda Bourne notes that, since project risk management depends on historical data, we need to assess whether old data is still dependable.
Harry Hall gives us a tutorial on the process of identifying risks.
Cesar Abeid interviews Gary McGugan on change management. Just 47 minutes, safe for work.
Elise Stevens interviews William Peg on the fine points of managing procurement through contracts. Just 28 minutes, safe for work.
Nick Pisano argues that it is time for technology decision makers to replace “tools” thinking with “data” thinking. Agile Methods
Martin Abbott and Mike Fisher describe the pros and cons of an Agile Organization, using Spotify as an illustrative case.
Daniel Zacarias explains his strategy for dealing with stakeholders who want things done their way: focus on alignment with the organization’s strategy.
Mike Cohn reviews the Start Doing / Stop Doing / Continue Doing approach to a Sprint retrospective.
Vyom Bharadwaj provides a short description of a product backlog and what items it might contain.
Shane Vaz breaks down the steps to replace a traditional project delivery method with Scrum. Applied Leadership
Lisa McLeod retrieves key points on how some leaders exude “presence” from Suzanne Bates’ forthcoming book, “All the Leader You Can Be.”
Elizabeth Harrin reviews “The Confidence Effect,” by Grace Killelea. If you read Elizabeth’s book, “Overcoming Imposter Syndrome,” this is an excellent follow-up.
Art Petty enumerates the steps to take in leading your peers.
Lindsey Patterson explores good practice in setting expectations early, so employees can be confident that they are delivering what you want.
John Goodpasture wants us to get past the stupid question, in order to provide information that the questioner actually needs. Pot Pouri
Nick Heath updates us on how Amazon is using ever larger numbers of robots in pursuit of their goal to reduce order fulfillment time to 30 minutes.
Brendan Toner reviews My Life Organized, a hierarchical task manager with an interesting “do this next” algorithm and a Getting Things Done interface.
Jonathan Buckley describes some of the biases found in Big Data analytics.
Erika Anderson describes a process to decide what skill to work on next.
Ted Devine advises contingent workers: the contract is key to your success!
Johanna Rothman shares a few questions that help assess the culture of a company – valuable in our job search.
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VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of January 11 – 17. This week’s favorite video: what happens when you reply to Spam – thanks, Garry, for the link! Recommended:
Jeff Hawkins and Donna Lubinsky (remember the Palm Pilot and Treo?) explain the nuances of different approaches to machine intelligence and learning.
Bernard Marr introduces us to the future of short-range, wireless networking technology. Called LiFi, it’s essentially an LED that can transmit 224 GB per second. The mind boggles …
Coert Visser summarizes three phenomena which have ramifications for self-assessment: the Dunning-Kruger effect, the curse of knowledge, and the raised bar. Established Methods
Brad Rach explains the bus rule: “Being a good project manager means I could get hit by a bus tomorrow and no one would notice.”
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Risk Doctor David Hillson on his presentation, “Weight Loss for Risky Projects.” Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
Harry Hall lists the topics to include in a risk management plan.
Emily Sue Tomac shows us two lists: then ten most frequently researched project management tools on TrustRadius, and the ten top rated. Note the lack of correlation.
John Goodpasture draws our attention to John Higbee’s “Program Success Probability Summary,” a colorful dashboard with trend indicators. Mental wheels are turning …
Elizabeth Harrin starts her new series, Inspiring Women in Project Management, by interviewing Caroline Crewe-Read. Stonehenge – seriously?!?
Cesar Abeid interviews Adam Nesrallah, a former spy, on applying intelligence gathering skills to communication. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.
Elise Stevens interviews Andrew Pearce on establishing and maintaining engagement with your stakeholders. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
Nick Pisano continues his ruminations on materiality and prescriptiveness, as they apply to contractual relationships. Agile Methods
Bob Tarne summarizes the concepts of divergence and convergence (as they apply to generating and selecting ideas) from Tim Brown’s “Change by Design.”
Neil Killick explains why MYOB plans to hire full-time Agile coaches in Melbourne, Sydney, and Auckland, and how they plan to leverage them.
Henny Portman shares his Prince2 Agilometer, an interesting tool for assessing the balance between structure and agility.
Craig Smith interviews Tom and Mary Poppendieck on Agile, Lean, rapid feedback, culture, and leadership. Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
The Clever PM tells how to get organizational alignment with the product road map. Applied Leadership
Art Petty has begun a new series, called the manager’s guide to understanding strategy. This looks very good, even by Art’s standards.
Johanna Rothman concludes her series on how to leverage certifications in the hiring process without drowning out the more important stuff.
Suzanne Lucas gets us up to speed on a new trend in recruiting: No Resumes. Candidates are assessed on the quality of what they produce when given an assignment.
Colin Ellis explores the balancing act between leadership, organizational cultural, and project management methods.
James Clear explains how to cure Akrasia (what the ancient Greeks called procrastination).
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 21 – 27. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Rich Maltzman reports on some notable progress in achieving a shift to sustainability, by multi-national corporations. Start 2016 with green eyes!
Matthew Heusser interviews Tara Nicholson on IT program and project management at Scripps Network, home of HGTV and other lifestyle media outlets. Ask This Old House is Agile?
Penelope Trunk summarizes research into negotiating strategies. Lots of links, so be prepared to Pocket them for later. You use Pocket, right? Established Methods
Bruce Harpham interviews Joanne Hohenadel, senior project manager at University Health Network in Toronto. They won the 2015 PMI Award for Project Excellence – North America.
Dave Prior interviews Shane Hastie, John D. Cook, and Troy Magennis on a range of Agile and project management topics. Just 42 minutes, safe for work.
Wanda Curlee uses concentric circle diagrams to illustrate a portfolio management decision. Excellent – simple graphics that clearly show a complex comparison!
Glen Alleman: “Like value, waste is rarely defined by those performing the work. It’s defined by those paying for the work.”
Jeff Collins provides executive-level input to the activity of reducing risk to projects.
Mark Lukens makes the case for incremental improvements as less destabilizing than huge, sweeping initiatives.
Robert Charette shares a lesson learned from pulling together a report on a decade’s worth of failed projects: We don’t do post-mortems very well.
Ryan Ogilvie uses an Indiana Jones metaphor to point out that root cause analysis isn’t all that’s required to get to a solution.
Thomas Carney covers the state of the art in cross-browser testing. Agile Methods
Dmitri Khanine continues his series on moving from gathering requirements to user experience engineering.
Mike Griffiths not only updated his PMI-ACP Exam Prep book, he updated the sample test questions. Here, he shares 20 of them.
Johanna Rothman is asking for reader input before updating her book, “Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase your capacity and finish more projects.”
Judith Mary Khan lists nearly two dozen things to not do when moving to Agile methods.
Vishal Venkatesan outlines how they scaled Agile at Spotify.
Renee, Tony, and Craig get together for a wide-ranging discussion on Agile in Australia, Etsy, Feedly, Sanjiv Augustine’s new book, and much more. Just over an hour, safe for work. Applied Leadership
Art Petty reminds us that results are not directly related to effort.
Seth Godin notes that exceptional results come from abandoning the need for the approval of our peers. Try not to think of Donald Trump when you read that …
Michael Lopp opens up the draft “Management Glossary” for the forthcoming third edition of Managing Humans.
Bertrand Duperrin opens a discussion of employee experience, the consumerization of worklife, engagement, and productivity. Yes, “the employee as a customer” is a thing.
Betcher Robert says that we can reduce the number of code defects by 50%, by holding developers and the business accountable.
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