New PM Articles for the Week of October 31 – November 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 31 – November 6. And this week’s video: Melissa Marshall explains how to “Talk Nerdy to Me,” so we can share our complex engineering and technology work with others. In other words: your elevator pitch.

Must read / view / listen!

  • Aimee Chanthadavong reports on the success women in Australia are having in breaking the glass ceiling in tech companies and what the rest of the world can learn from them.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy provides a detailed explanation of how to conduct a qualitative risk analysis in a series of four videos totaling a little over nine minutes. Safe for work and recommended for viewing with your project team.
  • Art Petty explains how to survive and thrive with your executive sponsor. Just 28 minutes, safe for work.

Established Methods

  • Michel Dion puts the need for documenting requirements into perspective, as a vital communications tool.
  • Elizabeth Harrin lists three ways to reel it back in when your project starts to go off the rails. Note that these are not mutually exclusive, and in fact reinforce each other.
  • Harry Hall posts five questions to ask when developing a scope management plan.
  • David Hillson describes risk escalation, a portfolio-level approach to managing risk responses when the project that identifies the risk isn’t impacted by it.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Beth Spriggs on her PMI Global Congress presentation: project assumptions as a source of risk. Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
  • John McIntyre proposes an interesting alternative to reviewing lessons learned documents when beginning a new project: it’s called Call3!
  • Ryan Ogilvie tells how incident management can be improved by those in other roles who have a stake in problem resolution.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly round-up of Agile articles, blog posts, and other content.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on the roles of coaches and managers in Agile transformations.
  • Tom McFarlin on developer intuition: “It feels like all we’ve done is introduce complexity while championing simplicity.” Hear, hear!
  • Mike Griffiths does the financial analysis that shows when outsourcing / offshoring makes sense, and when it does not.
  • Austin Knight considers the sources of design debt (as opposed to technical debt) and how we can avoid piling up too much of it.
  • Brendan Toner reviews “Scrum Magic,” by Doug Purcell. An entry-level view of Scrum, with language friendly to project managers who use traditional methods.

Applied Leadership

  • Kenneth Darter explains the basics of being a mentor.
  • Alicia McClain explains how leaders can build psychological safety for their teams.
  • Dana Wilkie reports on a survey that not only finds 84% of workers have had a bad boss, but identified the characteristics of “bad.” Don’t be these people!

Technology and Techniques

  • Bertrand Duperrin shares a critical lesson learned from the Delta Airlines outage this past summer: survivable platforms are harder to build than to lease in the Cloud.
  • Seth Godin notes that your websites will eventually decay, become obsolete or buggy. So, how do you plan for finding those problems and sunsetting each site?
  • Conner Forrest reports that mobile devices now account for over 51% of internet usage. If you aren’t optimizing for mobile consumption, get ready to fail.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland answers her most-asked question: how do you get a remote job? Just nine minutes, safe for work.
  • Victor Tan Chen reports on the growing evidence that performance metrics applied to individual workers produces a lot of negative effects.
  • Natalie Warnert reflects on the need to decompress and “not add value.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Garland “Captain Time” Coulson explains how to be more productive by working in a coffee shop. Just eight minutes, safe for work. And yes, I finished this list at a Starbucks under the influence of a triple venti latte.

Must read!

  • Most of the countries in Europe and Asia that observe Daylight Savings Time returned to Standard Time over the weekend (October 30). And the countries in North America will return to Standard Time next weekend (November 6). If you are working across continents, check here to see whose clock shifted.
  • Ron Carucci explains how to integrate strategic thinking into your day to day management activities.
  • Beth Spriggs looks at the cost of indecision, and how to avoid it.

Established Methods

  • John Goodpasture provides the best quote of the week: “Checklists are found between the milestones.”
  • Stuart Easton examines several discredited methods for prioritizing projects in a portfolio that are inexplicably still in wide use.
  • Mary Shacklett recommends an approach for evaluating project management software.
  • Jennifer Lonoff Schiff enumerates a process for achieving IT department goals, using project management tools and mindset.
  • Christopher Cook considers entrepreneurial project management through two philosophical lenses: the western Stoicism and the eastern Taoism. Interesting.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly round-up of Agile articles, blog posts, and other content.
  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on the roles of coaches and managers in Agile transformations.
  • Mike Cohn suggests three new books for your Agile methods reading list.
  • Brian Jones tells how Virginia Tech introduced Scrum to teams with operational responsibilities, to split their time with product development responsibilities.
  • Luis Seabra explains servant leadership, based on Robert K. Greenleaf’s essay “The servant as leader”, published in 1970.
  • The Clever PM wants us to INVEST in our user stories. Yes, it’s a clever acronym – read it anyway.
  • Jutta Eckstein explains the “Sociocratic approach” to management and how to apply it in modern hierarchical organizations.

Applied Leadership

  • Lolly Daskal provides some diagnostics, in case you suspect your emotional intelligence is not up to the task of getting you through your day.
  • Coert Vissar notes that when someone says a topic is boring, there may be some element of performance anxiety involved.
  • Marcel Schwantes lists ten phrases that will help you be perceived as more trustworthy. Of course, you must mean them to be trustworthy.
  • Seth Godin observes how the professional wrestling mindset has infiltrated our politics and out workplaces.

Technology and Techniques

  • Matthew Squair distills the technology and security lessons from this week’s denial-of-service attack by an IoT botnet.
  • Sahil Miglani explains the difference between Small Data and Big Data.
  • Brendan Toner starts a three-part series contrasting hierarchical and flat task lists in personal productivity applications.

Working and the Workplace

  • Suzanne Lucas gets us ready for the return to Standard Time by pointing out that Seasonal Affective Disorder has the potential to impact our health and productivity.
  • Yuki Noguchi reports on the growing evidence that noisy co-workers reduce productivity. The days of cubicle work spaces may be numbered.
  • Belle Cooper suggests we re-think how we spend our leisure time. There’s more to it than just not working. Like blogging …

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 10 – 16. And this week’s video: TechRepublic explains DevOps in less than two minutes. Safe for work.

Must read!

  • Nick Pisano sees a common trend in widely publicized data breaches: lack of attention to operational security. Nick includes four lessons learned for your review and action.
  • Sue McLean provides an attorney’s point of view in analyzing the root causes of the DAO blockchain hack that bled away $60 million.
  • Karen Chovan puts the three themes of the PMI Global Congress 2016 – North America into perspective: Anticipate. Influence. Elevate.

Established Methods

  • John Goodpasture extracts key points on the unintended consequences of metrics from an article in the Journal of Defense Software Engineering.
  • Harry Hall recommends three books that each teach a different leg of the PMI Talent Triangle.
  • Elizabeth Harrin collected her experience at the Digital PM Summit 2016 in San Antonio in a series of vlog posts. Here are parts 1 and 2.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dr. David Hillson on applying the stakeholder analysis to reduce project risk. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
  • Grace Windsor tutors us on the SWOT analysis.
  • Henny Portman reviews “The Good Sponsor,” by Jim Sponsor.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers compiles his weekly round-up of Agile-related content.
  • Johanna Rothman begins a new series on the roles Agile coaches and managers play in facilitating collaboration.
  • Mike Cohn anticipates flu season with a list of which Scrum meetings can (and cannot) be re-scheduled in the event someone cannot attend.
  • Dave Prior interviews Juuka Lindstrom on his efforts to transform Cargotec into a digital organization, and what he’s learned along the way. Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ramesh Pala examines the nature of unplanned work and explains a few approaches to planning for it.
  • Chris Savoie tells how Agile methods made his IT teams happier.

Applied Leadership

  • Laura Barnard summarizes the transition to leading: stop doing!
  • Venkatesh Rao interviews Kim Malone Scott on radical candor, the subject of her forthcoming book. Just 38 minutes, some harsh language.
  • Art Petty notes that the principle barrier to our career transformation is our own inertia.

Technology and Techniques

  • Keith Duncan explains how integrated product development roadmaps help communicate the strategic plan and how it will be executed.
  • Brendan Toner tells you how to pimp your pad – iPad, that is.
  • Ravi Shankar explains how to avoid messing up Big Data analytics.

Working and the Workplace

  • Soma Bhattacharya reviews the consequences of work-related stress, the stages we progress through, and the proven techniques for counteracting it.
  • Bruce Harpham shines a light on key statistics reported in the “State of Enterprise Work Report” from Workfront.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Scotia Lockwood on how to do your own career planning. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bertrand Duperrin examines the extended enterprise, where the freelance expert is both more common and frequently in a leadership role, and makes the case for an HR role.

Enjoy!