New PM Articles for the Week of April 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 4 – 10. And this week’s video: the first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully lands on a recovery ship.

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin walks us through her checklist for taking over a project already in flight.
  • Rich Maltzman reports on a project in Colorado that is taking food waste out of the land fill and converting it to energy, compost, and liquid fertilizer, by emulating digestion.
  • Harry Hall recaps each of the risk response strategies for positive and negative risks.

Established Methods

  • Anna Krachey, Nicole Nagel, and Jonathan Lewis extol the virtues of designing in a “War room,” a la Dr. Strangelove.
  • John Goodpasture sticks tongue in cheek to examine our evolving attitude toward failure.
  • Angela Wick looks at two sources of project pressure: tight timelines and a pre-determined solution.
  • Tejasvi Addagada explores ways to integrate risk management principles with data governance.
  • Colin Ellis debunks the notion of “best practices” in project management.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Naomi Caietti on managing stakeholder expectations. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bruce Benson on automation: “Every key piece of management and decision-making software I ever developed and used was first a manual process that I personally did.”
  • Glen Alleman copies us on his systems engineering reference book list.

Agile Methods

  • Dave Prior interviews the coolest man in the Agile community – Woody Zuill – on mob programming. Almost an hour, safe for work.
  • Johanna Rothman explores some Agile solutions for geographically distributed teams.
  • Mike Cohn has some recommendations for the Sprint summary document, from content to audience.
  • Nick Schaden answers the question, “How do you structure your design team?”
  • Shalu Tyagi recounts how selected Agile methods were implemented for business functions with a regular operating rhythm: HR, administration, and so on.
  • Craig Smith and Tony Ponton conduct random vox pop interviews at Agile Australia. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Suzanne Lucas makes the case for emotional intelligence being more useful than a high IQ.
  • Alfred Stallion outlines the steps to take in improving your public speaking skills.
  • Michael Girdler reviews some basic approaches for overcoming resistance to change.
  • Eduardo Binda Zane, author of “Effective Decision Making,” looks at applying creativity in business and tells us that brainstorming is overrated.
  • Seth Godin reminds us that we are more powerful than we realize.
  • Adam Shostack explains why the information security slogan, “Think like an attacker,” isn’t actionable.
  • David Barrett interviews Roy Osing, author of “Be Different or Be Dead,” on strategic planning. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jeff Collins recommends his five favorite project management podcasts.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 29 – March 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 29 – March 6. And this week’s video: the first episode of a 15-part series, “Stories from the Stone Age.” Ten minutes, safe for work unless you are into binge-watching.

Must read!

  • Susanne Madsen explores the reasons our delivery so often falls short of our vision.
  • Nat Tanner reflects on the national embrace of Agile in Australia, in government and business.
  • George Pitagorsky suggests that we move from either-or thinking to both-and. Real Agility isn’t about being exclusive; it’s about being open-minded.

Established Methods

  • Michel Dion explores the difference between communication and collaboration.
  • Glen Alleman defines risk management, in the context of managing in the presence of uncertainty.
  • Harry Hall gives us another reason to evaluate risks: because it saves time and money.
  • John Goodpasture puts the Monte Carlo Simulation into perspective, as “superior to other analysis paradigms.”
  • Liane Davey reviews “The Coaching Habit,” by Michael Bungay Stainier.
  • Ron Rosenhead covers the impact of limited project sponsor skills in the organization.
  • Stuart Easton compares the role of the PMO with that of the Lord of Downton Abbey: custodian of key assets during a time of extraordinary change.

Agile Methods

  • Elise Stevens interviews Shane Hastie on Agile project management. “Agile shouldn’t be a goal. It’s the mindset that you have.” Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
  • Gil Broza reflects on the problems his clients are experiencing in moving from Agile processes to an Agile mindset.
  • Johanna Rothman explains how to respond to people who think all of the requirements need to be defined up front.
  • The Clever PM contrasts Kanban and Scrum as complementary tools with specific strengths.
  • Upputuri Srikanth explains how to conduct an effective daily standup with a geographically distributed team.
  • The Oikosofy Team has prepared a list of the top 100 Agile blogs, based on traffic ratings from Alexa.com
  • Jackie Fong clears up some of our misconceptions about UX and design.

Applied Leadership

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Elizabeth Harrin on how to have better meetings. Just 38 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harry Harpham describes eight roles that can play to help your meetings be more effective.
  • Art Petty shares some war stories on how mismanaging organizational change affects actual people.
  • Sanket Pai details s few favored stress management techniques.

Pot Pouri

  • Jason Morio observes an interesting trend: the rise of “deskless” knowledge workers, using mobile technology.
  • Ian Rowlands insists that security is a critical data governance domain. “Data under attack is the new normal.”
  • Gary Atkinson explains how optimism bias affects our schedules and budgets, and how we can overcome it.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 21 – 27

SightseersNew 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:

Must read!

  • 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.

Enjoy!