New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 23 – March 1. We pan for the gold, every week! Recommended:
- ProjectsAtWork summarizes the findings of a new research report on Agile project management software. Key finding: nearly half of the PMs are managing projects not related to software development.
- Skip Weisman thinks we might be having the “wrong” conversation with the “right” person.
- Dorie Clark says that Email may be ruining your life, primarily because we’re using it for things it was never intended to do.
PM Best Practices
- Kailash Awati reviews the shortcomings of traditional decision theory when managing in the absence of reliable information.
- Patti Gilchrist explains why Six Sigma complements innovation, rather than stifling it.
- John Goodpasture makes the case for project managers to develop business skills, especially literacy in financial accounting.
- Irfan Shariff describes the Quality Function Deployment Matrix.
- Harry Hall details the process of cranking out a compressed project schedule.
- Nick Pisano outlines his approach for the professional development of new project managers.
- Mike Gruia details an approach for building a strategic PMO that will establish “a sustainable competitive advantage.”
- Mark Phillipy interviews Cornelius Fichtner and Kevin Reilly on the wide range of PMI related certifications – it’s not just the PMP! Just over an hour, safe for work.
- Margaret Meloni explains how to get remote workers set up for success. Just over three minutes, safe for work.
- Larry O’Brien summarizes five essential rules of software project management. Yes, there are excellent concepts that pre-date the Agile Manifesto.
- Mike Griffiths explains the ideas behind his proposed presentation at Agile 2015: Eat risks for breakfast, poop awesomeness all day! Risks = fiber? Who knew?
- Mike Cohn tries to explain the difference between a user story and a task, and triggers a comment storm!
- Renee, Craig, and Tony let us listen in on their banter and reviews of some of their tools. Just 57 minutes, safe for work.
- Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, explain why the fives “whats” are more effective than the five “whys.”
- Pawel Brodzinski delivers a bunch of sketches that illustrate Virginia Satir’s Change Model and Stuart Kauffman’s Fitness Landscape. Long post, but worth reading.
- Bruce Harpham looks at two basic models of motivation: Frederick Herzberg’s classic hygiene factors and motivators, and Dan Pink’s Drive model.
- Nada Aldahleh summarizes recent research on the effects of sleep deprivation and interrupted sleep.
- Liam Barrett champions the value of emotional intelligence to leaders.
- Michael Lopp describes the emotional J-curve of starting a new gig. He doesn’t call it that, but that’s what he’s describing. I do it 2 – 3 times a year, and he’s spot on.
- Robert Kelly gets us back to the basics of organizing a meeting.
- Elizabeth Harrin shares a video that shows what a conference call would look like if everyone was in the room. Painful, but true to life.
- Kerry Wills offers a few reasons why meeting in person isn’t all that much of an improvement over the conference call.
- Éamonn McGuinness lists some best practices for making meetings effective, including the “energy test.”
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 5 – 11. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Maree Harris tells us how to be a coach, rather than a critic.
- Amy Webb identifies the technology trends we can’t ignore in 2015.
- Igal Hauer breaks down the actions that you should take to get your project team communicating and collaborating.
PM Best Practices
- Steven Levy continues his series of posts on how to become the “five tools project manager,” explaining how to manage the Conditions of Satisfaction.
- Michael Wood explains why program management is more than just managing a portfolio of related projects.
- Glen Alleman gives us a quick recap of how our techniques for decision making in the presence of uncertainty have evolved, and how estimating is key to modern processes.
- Johanna Rothman explains why the “indispensable employee” is a problem for the team, for management, and for the indispensable employee.
- Lynda Bourne gives us a quick overview of the relationship between ethics, culture, rules, and governance.
- Steve Jones explores a hypothetical: a person in a trusted role, who has started doing things differently (but not out of role), being detected by security analytics.
- Terry Czigan reviews Margaret Lee’s new book, “Leading Virtual Project Teams.”
- Susanne Madsen applies the metaphor of Yin and Yang to leading projects.
- Margaret Meloni shares a nice graphic that summarizes how much project managers earn around the world.
- Elizabeth Harrin has identified ten high-value project management conferences for us to consider attending in 2015.
- Derek Huether found a new product that lets you implement a green technique: reusable story cards!
- Kelsey van Haaster gives us a primer on technical debt.
- John Goodpasture explains why round negotiating tables are Agile.
- Fang Wan consider the tenuous relationship between work and hours in estimates.
- Bart Gerardi explains why velocity is not a figure of merit for the team; it is a planning metric, not an efficiency metric.
- Mike Cohn even uses Scrum concepts to organize his own work. Probably not a daily stand-up, but other concepts map nicely.
- Deven Parekh projects five trends related to Big Data. “Personalized medicine?” The pharmacist as barista – wow …
- Scott Berkun tries to measure a trend: just how popular is remote work?
- Don Kim brings together various indicators that predict the growth of the independent project manager, as part of the new normal.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Susanne Madsen, on the power of project leadership. Just 56 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Brian Irwin on facilitating Agile transformations using the Socratic method. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
- Mark Phillipy interviews Joseph Flahiff on his new book, “Being Agile in a Waterfall World.” Just 58 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 29 – January 4. Wait, it’s 2015? Happy New Year!
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman elegantly explains why a project needs both a budget and on-going estimates of cost to complete, in order to be in control.
- John Goodpasture breaks down the “big three” of portfolio management – sequence, value, and risk – as the essence of planning to maximize value.
- Bruce Benson parallels personal financial planning assumptions with the assumptions we use in planning our projects.
- Adriana Girdler has some thoughts on how to sustain that new change initiative.
- Gina Abudi explains how a team-building exercise works, when your team is spread across the globe.
- Harry Hall builds on his recent post about asking the right questions, with some examples of what, why, and how.
- Russell Whitworth urges us to distinguish between the essential and the merely important.
- Lynda Bourne provides a few techniques for fine-tuning your bullshit detector. Yup, she even has a no-bullshit road sign, which I envy to no end.
- Kenneth Darter coaches us on how to communicate changes on our project.
- Soma Bhattacharya interviews Elizabeth Harrin about her new e-coaching service.
- Pawel Brodzinski proposes an alternative to Minimum Viable Product: he calls it Minimum Indispensable Feature Set.
- Don Kim predicts that 2015 will see us using the term “Agile” less frequently, as Agile methods become the norm.
- Terry Bunio notes the resemblance between the Agile Movement, which is now in its teen years, and actual teenagers. Hilarious …
- Johanna Rothman shares a recent coaching experience, as a lead-in to the new Influential Agile Leader training that she and Gil Broza will deliver this year.
- Alex Lu-Pon points out the use of Agile methods in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.”
- Sumit Sharma details the Definition of Ready for a user story.
- Cheri Baker thinks the best part of January 1st is the attitude that we are empowered to make adjustments to our behavior.
- Michel Dion asks us, what will you stop doing in 2015, in order to have the time to achieve your goals?
- Elizabeth Harrin lists some specific actions to take at work, in order to get organized for 2015.
- Andy Jordan looks ahead, with a few concerns about how the project management profession is evolving. But, just a few.
- Robert Vamosi reports that the Internet of Things is now sneaking into our socks. No, he’s not kidding.
- Scott Berkun relates how he learned to concentrate with advice in a book from Larry Bird.