New PM Articles for the Week of October 6 – 12

Balloon SunriseNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 6 – 12. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman bemoans the abandonment of software engineering practices by so many who just want to sling code.
  • Patrick Weaver reminds us of the proper definition of critical path.
  • John Goodpasture starts with the flip of a coin, and proceeds give us the executive summary of statistical concepts for project managers.
  • Kerry Wills would rather have a newbie with a good attitude than a jerk with a lot of expertise.
  • Craig Brown shares an academic paper explaining how a “higher purpose” helped keep students motivated to perform tedious but necessary learning tasks.
  • Alina Vrabie explores the neuroscience of routine tasks, muscle memory, and the effective sort of multi-tasking.
  • Mary Shacklett identifies ten risks we might be overlooking in our IT projects.
  • Kailash Awati has a few recommendations for enterprise architects.
  • Bruce Harpham continues his series on strategic project management.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews a business book in story form by Samir Penskar called “From Projects to Programs.”
  • Dave Garrett interviews Mary Gorman on her creative techniques for eliciting requirements.
  • Bruce McGraw lists his tips for creating and processing your Email.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman shares a story of small internal releases leading to more frequent public releases, leading to happier customers.
  • Mike Cohn contrasts definitions of quality by Philip Crosby and Joseph Juran, and triggers a comment-storm!
  • Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan share a chapter on user stories from their new textbook, “Introduction to Agile Methods.”
  • Bart Gerardi continues his series on Agile anti-patterns, extending his look at the misuse of story points.
  • Manoj Khanna reviews the most common Agile metrics , and their significance.
  • Tobias Mayer channels Stella Adler in a group exercise exploring the XP principle of system metaphor.
  • Robert Galen offers some thoughts on the diagnosis and treatment of burnout.

Professional Development

  • Allen Ruddock deflates a number of myths around project management training.
  • Angela Guess posts the details of three upcoming CMMI Institute Data Management Maturity courses.
  • Susanne Madsen gives us the Venn diagram of management and leadership.
  • Coert Visser shares some new research: students who are told that they will have to explain the material to someone remember it better.
  • Linky van der Merwe covers the eligibility requirements for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner exam.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 23 – 29

Gathering RosebudsNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 23 – 29. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:

Sports Metaphors

  • Conrado Morlan uses lessons from the Formula One racing circuit to illustrate risk management.
  • Kerry Wills explores the parallels between soccer and project management. Or, for those outside the U.S., football and project management.
  • Kevin Korterud finds project management lessons in effective World Cup coaching.

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman helps us on our search for the simple solution for our complex problems, by telling us the simple truth: there isn’t one.
  • Samad Aidane has published an ambitious series of articles on LinkedIn: ERP Projects, the complete guide.
  • Tom Barnett shares his all-purpose framework for planning a SaaS application implementation.
  • Dr. Karen McGraw offers some ideas on how to effectively manage organizational change.
  • Esther Schindler addresses the most difficult challenge in modern project management: a virtual team of freelancers and contractors.
  • Omar Al-Hajjar looks at ways for work-at-home team members to be effective.
  • Chuck Morton considers another philosophical question: should the project manager work toward effectiveness goals, or just efficiency goals?
  • Linky van der Merwe relates a case study of a stressful project in Mauritania, where the culture and environment presented unique challenges.
  • Harry Hall tells us how to audit compliance and effectiveness of project management risk processes, within a PMO.
  • Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley preview their recorded presentation at the PMI Scheduling Community of Practice, on the long-term perspective.
  • Elizabeth Harrin posted her June roundup of project management news.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn explains why guitar hero Alvin Lee, whose “I’m Going Home” was a high point of “Woodstock,” would be a great Scum team member. Crazy ‘bout my baby!
  • Pawel Brodzinski believes the best way to limit work in progress might be to make it harder to start new projects than to finish them.
  • Dele Oluwole notes that the tester has a substantial in the Scrum team.

Professional Development

  • Michelle Stronach tells how to be successful as a consulting project manager.
  • Simon Buehring interviews Lindsay Scott on the career prospects for women in project management.
  • Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews begin a series on how to succeed as an “occasional” project manager (as opposed to a “career” project manager).
  • Venkat Rao observes that complex debates are not about winning, but about “winning over” people to your point of view.
  • John Goodpasture describes an interesting approach to enforcing an honest debate: have the opposing sides summarize each other’s best arguments.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews David Blumhorst, who says project success is about achieving business goals. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith and Renee Troughton interview visual facilitator Lynne Cazaly. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 16 – 22

Young man with basket of fruitNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 16 – 22. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:

Estimating

  • Glen Alleman uses Darrell Huff’s 1954 book, “How to Lie with Statistics,” to skewer the Standish Report and the #NoEstimates movement (again).
  • John Goodpasture pulls a quote from John Mandel’s “The Statistical Analysis of Experimental Data” to illustrate the dangers of inductive reasoning.
  • Bertrand Duperrin reviews a new book by James Sesil thattells how better analysis is improving the quality of HR decisions.
  • Nick Pisano notes the need for better integration between project schedule and project budget.

PM Best Practices

  • Frank Gorman shares a fable and an anecdote to illustrate the application of ethics in project management.
  • Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley tell of their contribution to the EcoCar2 competition. Very cool!
  • Michael Lopp points out that keeping yourself perpetually busy may actually be an endorphin addiction.
  • Martin Webster pauses in his series on leadership models to reflect on what actually matters.
  • Alina Vrabie mines research by Gloria Mark for ways we can minimize self-interruptions; not all of those task switches are prompted by others!
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares an infographic listing five project lessons for 2014.
  • Terry Bunio tells of his struggles to replace a bathroom vanity and sink, and finds it looks suspiciously like his day job: managing software development.
  • Chuck Morton looks at what we mean when we say a PM is in charge of the project, from beginning to end.
  • Todd Boehm illustrates a methodical approach to a difficult choice: the right ERP.
  • Ron Rosenhead leverages a flight delay to address poor project communications.
  • Kailash Awati interviews his long-time collaborator Paul Culmsee on sense-making and the value of the oblique (as opposed to direct) question.
  • Vicki Wrona gives us the lowdown on a decision-making approach called OODA – Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman on geographically distributed Agile teams: “Don’t do standups. Do handoffs.”
  • Saravana Bharathi diagnoses problems in the Daily Scrum.
  • Mike Cohn shares a few innovative ways to clean up the product backlog.
  • Greg Pfister, VP for Agile Practices at federal government contractor Agilex, explains how they embraced CMMI in order to be more Agile.

Professional Development

  • Mike Donoghue uses some analytical data from LinkedIn to identify words that appear in far too many resumes. Time for some synonyms!
  • John Carroll relates the Taoist virtues of compassion, frugality, and humility.
  • Mike Griffiths urges us to act on that desire to qualify for a new professional credential.
  • Chris Moody just completed his Certified Scrum Master exam, and he has an Agile Manifesto take on the value of certifications.

Enjoy!