New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 5 – 11. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Swadhin Mishra and Preeti Jain give us their insights picked up while working on large transformation projects for global organizations.
Steven Levy finds eight lessons for project managers in new movie, “The Martian.”
Karina Keith shares two cool graphics on strategic planning. The first explains the What and Why; the second, the How. Established Methods
Bob Kreha identifies teamwork lessons from an old fire-fighting technique: the Bucket Brigade.
John Goodpasture recommends another good read on managing across boundaries.
Bruce Harpham explains how to develop business acumen.
Cesar Portillo provides a slightly academic explanation of organizational change management, as a contributor to project success.
Ryan Ogilvie recommends testing your disaster recovery plan, both actively and passively.
Elizabeth Harrin shares three haiku with a project management theme, to celebrate National Poetry Day. Agile Methods
Bob Tarne presents a “mapping” view of users stories, to help prioritize in a big picture
Esther Derby points out the environmental factors to consider when assessing improvements to team performance, following training.
Samantha Webb explains how her distributed Scrum team manages product backlog refinement, using defined acceptance criteria and a definition of ready.
Mike Cohn reviews considerations for processing items left undone at the end of a sprint.
Lynda Bourne tries to find a balance between SOP’s and agility.
Bart Gerardi continues his series on organizational agility, with an article on cultural agility. Agile + Data = The Future
Nancy Couture gives us a lessons-learned from applying Agile methods to enterprise data management.
Nick Pisano reviews Neil Killick’s self-diagnostic, Are You Doing Agile Software Development, and the potential of Knowledge Discovery in Databases principles.
Lisa Morgan points out the bear traps in data governance, and how to avoid them. Applied Leadership
Liane Davey explains why some issues should be addressed in a deep dive meeting, rather than a regularly scheduled team meeting.
Art Petty casts a critical eye on managers who complain about the Millenials. The problem isn’t with them, any more than it was with the Boomers 40 years ago.
Bruce Benson sees learning opportunities in the California drought: reducing waste lets you get by with less – a lesson for every project.
John Buchanan explains two of his three key principles to effective coaching. He’ll get back to us on the third … Work Isn’t a Place You Go
Miriam Souccar gives us insight into the choice to live in one city or country and commute to work in another.
Kerry Wills reminds us, “Be yourself: everyone else is taken.”
Suzanne Lucas reports on very public abuses of the H1-B visa program. Enjoy!
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 21 – 27. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Kevin Coleman identifies five technologies that will drive a trillion dollars in spending by 2020. Just the Internet of Things and 3D Printing are enough to revolutionize entire industries.
Jinesh Parekh describes microservices, an emerging architecture model for software development that leverages language-independent API’s. Picture a network of black boxes …
Bertrand Duperrin decries the triumph of “content” over “information,” and the abandonment of journalism in favor of attracting attention. Clicks rule? Not for the audience! Established Methods
Elizabeth Harrin reports the results of her survey on how we use collaboration tools.
Nick Pisano suggests a framework for better project metrics and indicators, using direct and indirect measurements.
John Goodpasture summarizes four “big ideas” or movements in product and process quality in a Slideshare presentation.
Steven Levy introduces a series on “failure plans” with a great example: Bruce Springsteen’s concert sound system.
Glen Alleman provides an overview of software engineering economics. Agile Methods
Neil Killick tries to find the common ground between the #NoEstimates advocates and the folks who insist that estimates are needed. Johanna Rothman concludes her series on balancing resource efficiency and flow efficiency, with parts
4 and 5.
Mike Cohn notes that upfront analysis and design is like insurance: the trick is to buy just enough to avoid excess re-work.
Pankaj Srivastava explains the fundamentals of test-driven development.
Alena Kuzniatsova shows an online Ishikawa diagram used to facilitate brainstorming in meetings and retrospectives. You might know it as a fishbone diagram or mind map.
Derek Huether shares a link to the Leankit Lean Business Report Survey. A little benchmarking is a good thing! IT Management
Shim Marom criticizes the way companies in Australia are using temporary work visas to keep labor costs low.
Kerry Wills proposes a practical manifesto, principles to consider when implementing any methodology.
Ryan Ogilvie examines an opportunity: actively managing constraints. We manage risks and issues, don’t we?
Rob England points out that all software eventually becomes a legacy system, and once it does, agility will no longer be a value-add. Work Isn’t a Place You Go
Suzanne Lucas suggests some strategies for working with people you dislike.
Bruce Harpham outlines the process to onboard yourself in five days.
Michael Girdler recommends we focus on our health, in order to maximize our productivity.
Art Petty starts a new series on career advice for us over-50 leaders. “ How do I detox from my 30-plus years of corporate life and regain my energy, fitness and sense of adventure?” Podcasts
Elise Stevens interviews John Hinwood on why we should embrace excellence, rather than perfectionism. Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dr. Emad Rahim, on the value of becoming a thought leader in project manager. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
My new post at AITS was published this morning. After my usual wise-ass opening, I provide three examples of poor project management metrics and how they were presented, and conclude with a few summary principles for collecting actionable data and presenting it clearly. I’m pretty sure I can squeeze out a few more articles like this, but it would be great to have some input from other project managers and portfolio managers. Leave a comment here or at AITS, and share a story I can repeat. With attribution, of course.