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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 14 – 20. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- John Goodpasture explains the Hybrid Operating Principle: Agile projects are simultaneously strategically stationary and tactically iterative and emergent.
- Adam Shostack derives design governance lessons from a presentation by the engineer responsible for the Death Star’s exhaust system. May the Force be aligned with your strategic initiatives!
- Peter Saddington describes two keys to effective communication: active engagement and active listening. Side note: in addition to being a Scrum consultant, Peter has an MA in Counseling.
- Braden Kelly unveils his Visual Project Charter, a poster-sized format for capturing and/or sharing project information in a team meeting. Better than a Word template?
- Diana Eskander covers the process of stakeholder management.
- Lynda Bourne addresses the meaning of corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and the triple bottom line, from a stakeholder’s perspective.
- Susanne Madsen gets us up to speed on managing change, using John Kotter’s eight-step model.
- Matthew Squair reviews the use of “Incredible” as a qualitative likelihood for risk management, when all the swans have been confirmed to be white.
- Ryan Ogilvie shares a colleague’s story about an off-the-shelf application that was too heavily modified to ever be maintained.
- Kailash Awati contemplates evolution and obsolescence, as they apply to enterprise architecture. Biology is destiny, even in metaphors.
- Johanna Rothman continues her series on Agile methods for hardware development.
- Bob Tarne finds Gall’s Law reflected in certain Agile principles.
- Robert Galen describes user stories as a “lifecycle of conversations,” using the example of building a better mousetrap.
- Paul Goddard and Geoff Watts list ten tips for running an effective retrospective.
- M.W. Settlemire posts an academic-looking treatise, “Effective use of Kanban for monitoring and controlling low-complexity projects in a high-volume project environment.”
- Glen Alleman breaks down the definition of value into several units of measure.
Work Is Not A Place
- Aaron Smith interviews leadership trainer Brady Wilson on his new book, “Beyond Engagement,” and workplace exhaustion.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jesse Fewell on his 2015 PMI Global Congress presentation, “Can you hear me now?” Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
- Harry Hall lays out a plan for aching your project management career dreams.
- Penelope Trunk helps her ten year old son realize that his job is becoming obsolete, that it happens to everyone, and he just needs to find a new one. Hilarious!
- Seth Godin takes a look at the economics of smart phones, where the perpetual interruptions of beeping and vibrating trigger opportunity costs.
Trends and the New Year
- Elizabeth Harrin shares her project management career retrospective for 2015.
- Mike Cohn proposes 21 New Year’s resolutions for ScrumMasters. Definitely get more fiber. And cut back on the sodium.
- Ramin Sayar notes five data analytics trends that will impact us in the coming year.
- Per Holmlund has a few suggestions for improving teamwork in 2016.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 30 – December 6. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Patti Gilchrist recommends reducing the cost of poor quality with a risk-based testing strategy. And like most good project strategies, it starts at the beginning.
- Art Petty encourages us to become more discriminating consumers of leadership content – getting away from the “happy talk” and digging into the dirty details.
- Susanne Madsen details an approach for “up-skilling” an organization’s project managers.
- Jeff Collins lists his top ten project management thought leaders to follow in 2016.
- Justin Stoltzfus identifies trends in business intelligence and data analysis for 2016.
- Todd Williams builds on an earlier post, on avoiding litigation when managing a project on behalf of a customer.
- Nick Pisano continues his series on a general theory of project management, based on research into complex adaptive systems.
- Elizabeth Harrin details “most effective practices” in business requirements management.
- Harry Hall checklists the questions new team members need to have answered.
- Gina Abudi identifies three challenges uncovered in a survey of managers who lead virtual teams, and strategies to handle them.
- Martin Coomber demonstrates a few Visio process modeling productivity hacks.
- Glen Alleman notes that Agile at scale, in software-intensive systems-of-systems, is a very different Agile from five to eight developers in a room together.
- Madhavi Ledalla expounds on release planning and release management – two critical techniques for delivering working software in iterations.
- Esther Derby suggests that the team needs to understand what the product does, from the user’s point of view.
- Mike Cohn provides an example of how to use a zero-point estimate on a user story.
- Johanna Rothman starts a series on applying Agile methods to hardware development projects.
- Reuben Salisbury gives us five reasons why a physical Scrum board beats the one you can access from anywhere, on a variety of devices.
- Eric Johnson provides an executive-level bit of advice: be quick to listen and slow to react.
- Bruce Harpham summarizes key lessons from “The Truth About Employee Engagement,” by Patrick Lencioni.
- Colin Ellis identifies five “types” of project managers, based on their observable behaviors.
- Bertrand Duperrin says that humans must learn to work with robots – not because humans will be replaced, but because collaboration has more potential.
- Seth Godin notes that it isn’t economically viable (or even possible) to please some percentage of your customers.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Richard Larson on his PMI Global Congress presentation, “Entrepreneurial Business Analysis Practitioner.” Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
- Jesse Fewell shares a rant: why would you even want to go Agile? It shouldn’t just be “fear of missing out;” you should be seeking transformation. Just five minutes, safe for work.
- Elise Stevens interviews Marie Longworth on managing remote vendors. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.