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!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 14 – 20

Hot Air BalloonNew 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:

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

 Enjoy!