New PM Articles for the Week of May 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 2 – 8. And this week’s video: a TED Talk interview with Linus Torvald, the man behind Linux and Git, who explains, “I am not a visionary, I’m an engineer.” Just 22 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a video of her Imposter Syndrome presentation at PMI Synergy. Just 16 minutes long, safe for work.
  • Susanne Madsen begins a series on balancing positive and negative stress with the relationship between job pressure and job performance. There is an optimum level of stress!
  • Kevin Coleman describes the principles of managing what is being called a hybrid project, mixing Agile and Traditional methods.

Established Methods

  • Dimitriy Nizhebetskiy gets us back to the basics on the Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Bart Gerardi shares five techniques for earning and keeping the trust of your project team, stakeholders, and sponsors.
  • Margaret Meloni posts an infographic that describes the four basic components of quality management.
  • Kailash Awati applies Oliver Williamson’s economics research in order to identify the hidden costs to IT outsourcing. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Barbara Trautlein, who explains how to be a confident change leader. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Shuba Kathikeyan profiles twenty notable project management professors from around the globe. If you’re looking for an academic program, this could be very useful.
  • Harry Hall lists twelve questions that will help you diagnose the effectiveness of your project risk management activities.
  • John Goodpasture explains the basics of fault and root cause analysis.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn explains how triangulation can prevent your story point estimates from escalating over time.
  • Johanna Rothman proposes a minimalist working definition of Agile.
  • Lynda Bourne looks at the maturing of Agile, as “the ridiculous excesses promoted by consultants and experts” fade into obscurity and pragmatism takes hold.
  • Pawel Brodzinski shows how Real Options helps achieve commitment from decision makers at the portfolio level to implementers at the feature level, in return for autonomy.
  • Peter Saddington shares an infographic that tells you everything you need to understand about the user experience.

Applied Leadership

  • Moira Alexander points out the most common challenges in software project (and portfolio) management these days.
  • Liane Davey recommends, “When faced with emotion at work, focus on the issue, not the emotion.”
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy outlines Radical Civility, which she defines as, “A kind of personal armor that can help repel the damaging effects of rude behavior.”

Virtual Teams

  • Lisette Sutherland explains how to discover the culture on your virtual team. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.
  • Danielle Koehler continues her series with HR expert Gail Rolls with a Q&A on managing remote workers.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports that the single most important thing needed for a productive team is psychological safety – the way the team interacts.
  • Hubstaff has a nice infographic on how to run a remote meeting. Since I lead such meetings several times a day, I can say: well done!
  • Michael Girdler provides a few tips on how to work from home effectively and efficiently.
  • Abby Wolfe presents the counter-point: working from home is over-rated.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of April 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Crazy Russian Hacker explains that we’ve been splitting firewood wrong all these years. “Safety is number one priority.” Spasibo, moy drug …

Must read!

  • Donald Charles Wynes suggests an interesting way to identify risks: pretend the project is over, and you’re trying to analyze why it failed.
  • Mike Clayton recommends eight techniques for identifying risks. I especially like Brainwriting and Pre-Mortem.
  • Andy Jordan points out another source of risk: a change in leadership.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall shares a checklist that should help you understand your project, which is the first step in managing it.
  • Glen Alleman presents the Project Breathalyzer: should your project even be on the road?
  • Women Testers has released the April edition of their quarterly online magazine.
  • John Goodpasture contemplates managing schedule slack, based on a TED talk by Tim Urban on procrastination. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Simon Moore’s book, “Strategic Portfolio Management.”
  • Elise Stevens interviews Emma Arnaz-Pemberton on how PMO’s can become trusted partners to the business. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Alistair Cockburn gives an excellent talk, “The Heart of Agile.” Just 50 minutes, safe for work.
  • Joshua Taylor makes a good point: designers shouldn’t focus on code – they should focus on the business.
  • Henny Portman returns from class with a nice summary of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.0.
  • Emanuele Passera begins a series on Kanban, with a brief introduction to the terminology.
  • Angela Wick explains the difference between use cases and user stories, and why you should use one or the other but not both.
  • Sandeep Paudel posts a brief user story FAQ. Part one of two.

Applied Leadership

  • Cameron Conaway gets a few ideas about vision from Patti Sanchez, Chief Strategy Officer at Duarte, Inc, a “visual storytelling company” in Silicon Valley.
  • Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, explains why hiring is so much more difficult than you might expect.
  • Liane Davey tells us how to deal with chronic complainers.
  • Art Petty explains how to succeed in high-pressure conversations.
  • Allen Ruddock contemplates the nature of motivation.

Pot Pouri

  • Bruce Harpham gives us a comprehensive approach to winning that next promotion.
  • Project Journal has rounded up 30 of the best interview questions to ask of applicants for a project management position.
  • Derek Huether explains how to triage meeting requests.
  • Thomas Carney summarizes six highly regarded productivity systems, and identifies roles that they might work best for (and not).
  • Seth Godin makes the (quality) case for not using free software.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 15 – 21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 15 – 21. And this week’s video: an all-star jam on Franklin’s Tower.

Must read!

  • Cameron Conaway tells about the culture at FlexJobs, a job site for telecommuting and other non-traditional positions, where the staff lives exactly that style of work.
  • Seth Godin explains how we should talk about our projects. Not in the marketing sense, but in the strategic sense. Fundamentally, all projects are business activities.
  • Michael O’Brochta uses examples from the Flint, Michigan water scandal and the Titanic disaster to argue that ethical behavior contributes to project success.

Established Methods

  • Cesar Abeid interviews former DeLorean Motor Cars executive Barrie Wills on the saga of the most innovative care of the 1980’s. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Lorraine Chapman as part of her series, Inspiring Women in Project Management.
  • Glen Alleman points out the difference between user stories and requirements.
  • Aaron Smith relates the top ten business analysis trends, as identified by TwentyEighty Strategy Execution.
  • Harry Hall explains how to identify project risks using a structured holistic approach.

Agile Methods

  • Johana Rothman delivered a three-part series on getting past command and control management on the way to Agile. Here’s part two and part three.
  • Saad Ali Jan gets philosophical on automating software testing (and what not to automate).
  • Donna Reed lists some of the common methods Agile teams use to measure and communicate progress.

Applied Leadership

  • Ryan Ogilvie explores the Greek discipline of rhetoric, in an effort to improve our ability to persuade and influence.
  • The Clever PM explains the finer points of leading through influence, when managing those above you in the org chart.
  • Martin Webster lists the things strong leaders do in a crisis.
  • Jesse Lynn Stoner explains the greatness of Abraham Lincoln, an ordinary man who saved a nation.
  • Steven Levy extracts lessons learned from the failure of on-line magazines at Yahoo.
  • Art Petty notes three lessons video game designers can teach us about implementing organizational change.
  • Liane Davey tells how to lead your team through the turmoil usually associated with organizational change.
  • Sarah Hood suggest that we deal with the “elephant in the room” head on, rather than let it remain an unspoken fear.
  • Kerry Wills observes that the problem with superheroes is that they need villains to fight. Not productive in a collaborative environment!

Pot Pouri

  • Bernard Marr reports on the Big Data technologies being leveraged to fight the Zika virus.
  • Cal Newport, author of “Deep Work,” proposes an interesting way to limit the type and number of interruptions you agree to accept: the attention charter.
  • Coert Visser calls our attention to recent research which found, “Winning a competition engenders subsequent unrelated unethical behavior.”
  • Maria Popova extracts a lesson on developing resilience found in Seneca’s “Letters from a Stoic.”

Enjoy!